Fullmetal Alchemists

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A liveaction film adaptation of “Fullmetal Alchemists” anime. I saw half of the original anime years ago on cartoon network. It was pretty close to the anime as far as my memory goes.

The reverse white washing felt weird. The anime was made in Japan but takes place in an alternate time line roughly in Germany. Seeing south-east Asian actors with blond wigs calling each other by Germanic names that they couldn’t pronounce was a little confusing at first but you eventuall halfway get used to it. It’s no weirder than the normal Hollywood white washing though so it’s no big deal at this point.

I liked that it went through a lot of the story in the film that the anime dragged out laboriously. It was an okay movie overall but some of the cinematography looks like cheap TV and other times looks highly polished.

It’s worth checking out if you liked the anime but some fanbois might find too much fault with the pace and character portrayals that casual viewers of the series could ignore.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

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Nobody does futuristic movies like Luc Besson. It was incredibly visually stunning. The aliens, technology, and environments were really mind-blowing. Sure, there was some really silly Jar Jar Binks level silliness and plenty of stuff seemed to be ripped off from his earlier work, specifically The Fifth Element. But I really enjoyed the overall movie. I even enjoyed Rihanna’s scenes but I felt that Herbie Hancock’s cameo was a little confusing; his performance wasn’t up to snuff for how much of the film he’s in. I’m sure there’s some production backstory or something as to why he was in the film that I’m not aware of but I don’t think that it would make up for his choppy line delivery and poor acting performance.

I give the movie a 4 out of 5 stars.