Space Battleship Yamato: the Grumpy Fanboy review

17 Mar

I caught the premiere of Space Battleship Yamato last night. Knowing that it was the first live action adaptation of the cult classic anime series, I was expecting it to be extremely cheesy. That turned out to be a gross understatement.

Thanks to the brilliant trailers and clips that appeared on Youtube such as the one above (I featured a bunch of them weeks ago here) I was hoping for a Japanese version of Battlestar Galactica. Instead it was more, as my buddy with whom I saw the film put it: “Starship Troopers-meets-Armageddon-meets-Korean Soap Opera”.

The acting is, expectedly, over the top. Though there are some genuinely touching scenes. The crew’s final farewells to their families are right out of the TV series and adequately moving. But too often, the film’s otherwise upbeat tempo is bogged down by unnecessarily long and tedious melodramatic scenes. All the hugging, tearful grimacing and whining inadvertently make the drama scenes comical. As if the destruction of earth and the violent deaths of comrades weren’t dramatic enough! But then again, anime isn’t exactly famous for subtle storytelling.

The action is mostly well-paced, though once on the ground the tedium and over-acting kicks in once again. The good news is the ship-to-ship battle sequences are fantastic! This is some of the best CGI modeling and effects I have ever seen! For anime and sci-fi fans, it’s worth seeing just for that. Once you get past the farcical drama scenes (driven home by a Steven Tyler theme song), this is still one of the must-see fanboy films of the year.

Grumpy Fanboy rating: 3.5/5

 

One Response to “Space Battleship Yamato: the Grumpy Fanboy review”

  1. fatfreeraj March 17, 2011 at 18:41 #

    So, you now admit it was a shit stick ice cream.

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