A quick,half-assed review.
Synopsis from MAL
“A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone. ”
I started the movie feeling pretty great, it inflected a great mood; I began reminiscing on how I don’t credit Fullmetal Alchemist enough for carrying the shounen genre with a bearable series. FMA in my book, remains the only series to accentuate a “strong” shounen feel, it isn’t melodramatic, the characters aren’t fucking idiots, and it’s logically held with in-depth mechanics. Despite those redeeming qualities, very few of those were prominent in this movie, however, it wasn’t necessarily a “bad” movie, it remained enjoyable, but it was objectively mediocre.
Unfortunately, after the reminiscing was over, it started to go downhill from there: incessant bad developments ensued. Every development leaned towards the traditional “bad” trite shounen, something that Fullmetal Alchemist typically doesn’t represent; every other development halfway through changed from being possibly ingenious, to innocuously “bad” (deus ex machinaes). The first half was written by someone aspiring to retain the traditional Fullmetal Alchemist feel [which was there], while the second half was a collaboration between Ao no Exorcist and Guilty Crown [Shit developments]. As much as I would like to criticize the weak plot and the trite developments, it wasn’t completely bad. Some developments were somewhat “good”, however, the “bad” ones just overshadowed the “good” in this case.
Now the ending to this was also somewhat lackluster; it appeared to be a logically impossible “happy ending”. The new characters were essentially on the brink of destroying the entire world [they got as close as the primary antagonists in the first season]. There isn’t logic in granting them freedom without punishment. It’s great that a smaller nation got its “independence”, but it’s kind of surrounded by two powers. One power has a brigade of alchemists, while the other has an arsenal of chimeras. All the newly-independent nation has is strong will and determination. As inspiring as those traits are, they aren’t enough to serve as a viable form of defense. In the best case scenario, the ambivalent border countries contest for supremacy over the newly-independent state, causing a stalemate.
Overall, was an enjoyable watch I guess. I didn’t really expect much out of the movie.
Although that ending with Ed complementing our new protagonist was unneeded and somewhat forced, there wasn’t exactly any development between those two, nevertheless actual chemistry.
Also, where the fuck was the Mustang action, all he did was watch; I expected fucking fireballs everywhere. Seriously, probably one of the biggest what the fucks is him standing there while lasers are shooting everywhere. He has less than 30 lines this movie, he doesn’t do anything but watch. Killed his vindictive personality. Seriously, he’s not the type to go “Oh, okay, I’ll watch”, he fucking shoots first, then asks questions later.
Objective Rating 5/10: It should be lower, but it being Fullmetal Alchemist rather than some other series alleviates some of the criticism. What FMA possesses is a unparalleled world on mechanics, alchemy. There isn’t a shounen anime that comes close to it, it’s just ingenuous and “balanced”.
Subjective Rating 6/10: More enjoyable if you watch it braindead.
Concluding Thoughts aren’t in-depth reviews, they’re written immediately after whatever I finished; in other words, they’re impulse reviews. That means they aren’t the most organized, I do go back and correct any mistakes I make, I also try to make it more clear.
Subtitles used: Unlimited Time Works