Attack on Titan (2015): A second opinion. Attack on Titan (2015): A second opinion.
A second, more favourable review of the hotly anticipated live-action adaptation of "Attack on Titan" (2015). Attack on Titan (2015): A second opinion.
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In response to my friend Detective Dee’s excellent and earnest critique of the AoT Movie, I thought I would offer my perspective after watching the rest of said Adaptation.

##Some minor spoilers ahead!##

I have a confession-I don’t follow Anime as much as I used to. There are way too many series available that causes such dilemma on what to watch that I get overwhelmed by the choices. However, there are notable exceptions that just reel me right in. Primary examples are High School of the Dead, Tiger and Bunny and previously, Attack on Titan. After hearing all the hype about this series, I took it upon myself to see if it’s worth the constant praise and it most certainly was!

Now because of the Anime’s positive reception, now comes a live action adaptation 3 years later and here’s what I thought of the finished product.

Attack on Titan starts with a brief narration of how the Titans arrived and nearly decimated civilization and as a response, the survivors were forced to build a huge wall around their City and lived peacefully for at least 100 Years until a stream of “Meteorites” fell from the Sky.

Then what followed was a huge “BOOM” encompassing that the fortified walls were broken as an army of zombified Behemoths had made their way into the Monzen district. (I made the mistake of turning on my Sub woofer because methinks the neighbors may have mistaken the film’s sound effect for an explosion. LOL) Afterwards, there was a jaw-dropping massacre scene in which no one was spared.

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Said scene sets the tone for protagonist Eren Jaeger’s contempt and motivation for destroying the Titans for once and for all.

What the film accomplishes is how they manage to cram plenty of elements from the 12 Episode Anime with encompassing an alternate story for those who are all too familiar with the series’ mythos. (I.e. Jaeger’s flashback lesson on how to kill the Titans via mobility gear-a gas powered grappling system that elevates members of the scout regiment in order to strategically take down the Titans.)

If there are any major flaws I have with the movie would be within the second act.

  • The pacing was off at times, and could’ve used some serious editing just like Beat Takeshi’s Brother.
  • That fight scene with Eren and the jerk Cadet felt thrown in as a cheap measure to keep the audience entertained.
  • Although the reveal regarding Eren’s love interest Mikasa didn’t shock me quite as much however there was an element of character depth as witnessed during her aftermath of the Titan invasion.

“The World is Cruel”

Oh yes, as witnessed from young Eren’s heartbreak soon afterwards.

Some members of the regiment choose to fight for either the survival of humanity, revenge and in some cases, “benefits” for serving  such as Child Support.

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I was impressed with the action sequences which involved the utilization of the mobile gear. The camera pans and angles matched that of its Anime counterpart and that’s a good thing to take into consideration and it’s not all about the aerial combat either. One of the members uses a giant axe to slash the tendons of the Titan (Another weak point besides the Nape.)

 

“What do you call Animals who live inside a Fence in fear of Wolves”?

There is that all too familiar trope as demonstrated when after recalling words from his Superior, Captain Shishikima Eren musters the courage to go at it slob against the Titans and for those who are familiar with the Anime, may have a good idea of how it plays out.

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What I admire about AoT is the feel of tension, hopelessness and despair which bodes well in a dark dystopian world, however, besides the Titans, the regiment are forced to struggle against their inner demons such as fear, traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s remorse. It’s a bit of psychological horror as well however, there is a beacon of hope toward the end.

*Wink*

“Be careful when you fight the Monsters lest you become one”

The ending credits totally aped from Marvel’s Avengers with the weapons displayed during the credits and of course the mid-credits scene but taken to a new level especially when giving a sneak preview of the upcoming sequel End of the World which looks more promising than the first movie. That being said, the song “Anti-Hero” has got to go!!

Despite a few flaws and story hiccups I enjoyed the live-action adaptation overall and I’m a bit optimistic (and cautious) in regard to the sequel.

Stalks, out!

 

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Stalkeye= anagram of Stalker and Snake Eyes. Satirist, Gamer, Artist and Pop Culture commentator- Stalks offers his outspoken views on on most things Geek related as well as WTF is wrong with the world today!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Nice job. I will have to catch this one soon

  • Welcome back, mang! Hope you had a relaxing break.

  • Stalkeye

    It’s definitely worth a watch if you like your Action with Horror. And there is some depth to a few characters portrayed in the Movie.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, K!
    Although I enjoyed my “Hiatus”, I missed dropping a few Pubs (Published articles) here n there. I have two more in the works for a special occasion. (0;’

  • Cool. Everyone should have a little break every now and then. Maybe I should take a week off one of these days and just put out a vintage article on wednesday and old news out on friday

  • Stalkeye

    Bro, you deserve a break Today!!

  • I’m drawing tomorrow’s “StudioHEAD” already. You cant stop Art from happening, lol 😉

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I do like my action with a little bit o’ horror. Since I have not read the manga or seen the anime, I have no preconceived notions what this movie “should” be. I can go into it with an open mind.

  • Stalkeye

    Off topic, this is an amazing Gif from Dema Dog!
    Muthafuker, that’s Awesome shit right there!

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/–4r1PZXYtlY/VCf_SbrYYHI/AAAAAAAAeVQ/lzRoIhwE6yU/s1600/greatest-superhero-gif-ever.gif

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Hmm. Would you say the director has the chops to bring the Big G to life then?

  • Stalkeye

    If ambitious enough, why not? personally, I would love to see a new Godzilla or Gamera Movie “Made in Japan”. I still have yet to watch Gareth Edwards’ version. One of these days, I’ll get around to it.

    Still feeling the burn from Emmerich’s Shitpile adaptation of ‘zilla. (And that Diddy video made me much worse! “Come with me”? No, hows about- Go to Hell?!?)

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Dude, you should check it out. It’s pretty solid.

  • Stalkeye

    I still have it on my queue, Rones. Eventually I’ll get around to it.

  • Well, I am glad you enjoyed it more than I did!

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    And I dunno if I would be good on a podcast. I mean, I still gotta buy a mic. And I’m a bit tight for cash. I think I’m gonna have to do it next year.

  • Stalkeye

    Sorry to hear that Meng. )0=

  • Jack Randomm

    This is awesome.

  • Jack Randomm

    I started the anime last year, but burned out around episode 12. I thought it got a little stagnant for a few eps. BUT I am looking forward to seeing this! Live action adaptions tend to move pretty fast, even of they’re not entirely accurate to the source. (Death Note, Gantz)

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    The CG looks mediocre

  • Yeah they don’t really have the budgets to realize such CGI-fests adequately.

  • Stalkeye

    Heh-heh. I actually enjoyed the Gantz Films.

    What do you think of the Anime itself? Cool intro/song.

  • Stalkeye

    Exactly! That’s one of the reasons why I don’t compare Eastern Films to Western ones too often.

  • Stalkeye

    Trust me S, I see a lot of these Films as “Guilty pleasures” but without the Guilt.

  • Stalkeye

    Well, FF and ASM 2 had great CGI effects and look at how well those Movies fared.

  • Jack Randomm

    I bought each DVD the day they came out. Some only containing two episodes. I loved it.

    Until the last one.

    That fucking last one.

  • Stalkeye

    I called Bullshit on that ending! It was great until that reenactment of the Subway. Mega Mindfuck, Yo.

  • Jack Randomm

    You ever see the manga? Something like 300 chapters.

  • Stalkeye

    Believe it or not Jacky, the last manga I have read was Go Nagai’s Mazinger back during the 90’s. ROTMFF I’m not much of a Manga guy, Anime is soo much better!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Great CGI effects could enhance a mediocre film, but bad CGI always kills a film, regardless of if it’s a good or bad film! What I have heard, is that one of the main complaints about FF is that the CGI on the THING is terrible! What is ASM 2? My complaint with the use of CGI is if it is not done right, it takes you out of the film. If it looks fake, how are you supposed to take a movie seriously? That is everyone’s complaint of SyFy; cheesy CGI! If you can’t make it look real and seamless with the live action, then don’t use it.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Then they shouldn’t expect to make any quality films if their CGI effects are going to be pedestrian! You can’t compare the two because there is no comparison

  • I always wanted to ask you: What do you think of the Death Note live action adaptations?

  • Stalkeye

    Heh, Iv’e seen Movies with practical effects or bad CGI that still held their own against a few Big budgeted Films. Some of the Model effects in SW may seem dated compared to CGI fueled films but are still classics. Gimme Rob Bottin’s The Thing over Prometheus anyday!

  • Stalkeye

    I’m not spoiled nor do I have this sense of entitlement ergo, I can appreciate the effort even if the FX ain’t up to par with the standard..

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Being spoiled or having a sense of entitlement ergo has nothing to do with this. Bad FX is bad FX, and it ruins otherwise good movies. You can appreciate the effort, but if the execution is bad, effort means little. That’s the bottom line! (ps – still gonna see it)

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Who said practical effects were bad? In fact, I prefer practical effects over all this saturation of CGI. We are also not talking about films from the 70s, we are talking today. I would also take The Thing over Prometheus, as films go, but the effects in both films are great.

  • Stalkeye

    Not saying you per se , but in general most can’t overlook the aesthetic flaws, when we are all so used to seeing bigger and better effects. The Japanese usually dont have half the budget compared to American Movie studios. I don’t really expect much of an FX bump however, I was pleasantly surprised by the first Titan as seen in my Music Video above.

  • Stalkeye

    Also alot of people (probably those from Generation Y) balk at practical effects thanks to the advent of CGI.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I wish it became cool again to use practical effects. I thought The Thing prequel from a few years ago was going to be awesome, all the practical effects they were showing, promising us such, then the film was released, and all the practical effects were gone, replaced by CGI crap! Ugh

  • Scopedog

    And don’t forget that the director of the live-action AoT is Shinji Huguchi, who’s done storyboards for anime, worked on the VFX for the 1990s GAMERA series, and has directed live-action films that have made great use of CGI–Lorelei and Japan Sinks–the latter being a guilty pleasure, but that’s because I’ve read the original novel. 🙂

  • Scopedog

    Well…disagree with you, but you get the upvote for using Stone Cold. Can’t top that!

  • Scopedog

    Hey, he worked on the GAMERA trilogy from the 1990s…methinks he’ll do just fine.

  • Scopedog

    Pretty [email protected] cool! Thanks for posting this, Stalk!

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks for the Tidbit Scopo. I wasn’t aware of the Director’s previous stuff and to think that I’m a fan of Gamera. (;’

  • Stalkeye

    Dema posted it for me at another site (Nerdbong) and I was immediately impressed by this Gif. Excellent work!

  • electrictomatoes

    any recommendations for amine to watch.
    i’ve watch AoTitan recently, enjoyed it.
    Sword Art Online, great first season first half not so great second half, have the second season not watched yet.
    a few others, but old school

    looking for recommendations for current or recently finished series, sci fi (ish) if possible. or anything you think is worth the time – and that is the real cost.

  • electrictomatoes

    true, but i also think they are not going for the hyper-realistic look as in hollywood films. seems to be more a stylistic choice than simply budget – although that must be part of it.

  • Stalkeye

    Gantz for one. Hellsing Ultimate, Elfen Lied.
    That’s just a drop in the bucket.

  • Jack Randomm

    Shit, I thought I’d answered this. My bad, Dee.
    I really liked the first one. The second…not gonna lie, I don’t really remember it. I still haven’t seen the L solo film.

    I did read the BB Murder case novel that has L as the protagonist. It’s pretty good. Very Death Note-y.

  • Jack Randomm

    The anime had what, 12 eps? They never even scratched the surface of what Gantz was about. This is what happens when you adapt a manga that is only on it’s 4th chapter. The animators outpaced the manga they were adapting, and said “fuck it, let’s wing that shit”

  • Stalkeye

    Well, being as how I never read the Manga, I was left satisfied with most of the results. Well, that abrupt ending was Shit.

  • Jack Randomm

    I was mad at that ending for YEARS. I’d been loaning the discs to my guy at the comic store after I finished them, and I never bothered to ask for the last one back. I didn’t find out about the manga until very recently. It gets bloodier. Much bloodier. Everybody gets it.

  • The solo-L film is just so-so. But I gotta say the dude nails the character.