Hello, everyone! Long time, no post! Hope you all have been well 🙂 A couple weeks ago, I saw the Attack on Titan live-action movie, and I’d like to share my thoughts on it today!
For starters, I am not a fan of the AoT anime (I did watch through all of season 1) and I’ve never read the manga. I heard from other reviews that the live-action movie is much different from the anime, thus disappointing many AoT fans.
Well. I’m not an AoT fan. Not even close. So I figured I’d give the movie a shot.
The basic premise was the same: quiet village enclosed by walls, titans attack and everything goes to shit, the main characters join the military to fight the titans. But that’s pretty much the only thing that’s similar. Yeah, Eren is still the main character. Eren’s mother isn’t in the movie, and he briefly mentions his parents both died when he was young. Mikasa is not his adopted sister who’s weirdly horny for him, but his girlfriend. . .which is probably for the best. Armin isn’t as main of a character, and is more or less there by the anime’s necessity and to be a love interest for Sasha, who possibly likes potatoes even more in the movie than she does in the anime. Hange is even crazier about titans and is a more prominent character, which is awesome. Levi’s character is changed to Shikishima – which, as I read in one of the reviews, was to make him more “believably Japanese” – and is kind of a condescending creeper with the hots for Mikasa. . .but I actually found his character more interesting that way.
I can guarantee you that zero AoT fans actually agree with me on that.
Also, some new side characters were added, which was kind of cool since I felt a lot of the side characters in the anime were glossed over, but it also makes me wonder why they didn’t just use the anime characters and add more depth to them.
The characters all look Japanese, which makes sense since it is a Japanese movie, but it did take away some of the character’s defining features, like Armin’s blonde hair. But it also makes sense since, while not explicitly stated, the movie takes place in a place parallel to 1940s Japan rather than the anime’s more European setting. With mentions of war, weapons of mass destruction, big red flags, the movie definitely has a WWII vibe. Though this disappointed many fans since it took away from the authenticity, I really liked the change since I like WWII stuff.
Also, the colossal titan is basically an atomic bomb. Explosions, destruction, fire raining down on the villagers as they scream and run in terror, the titan disappearing into a cloud of black smoke. . .
The standard titans are pretty much what you’d expect – creepy, yet goofy looking. Maybe it just felt this way since it’s a live-action movie, but the movie seemed a lot bloodier than the anime, with blood raining down as titans bite into people, ripping them apart.
Also, showing children crying for their parents, people stampeding and cramming into temples for safety, committing suicide, crying as they leave their families to fight in the military – it felt a lot darker than the anime.
Yet it also felt more carefree than the anime. One of my biggest complaints about the anime is that it takes itself too seriously. I’m sorry, but giant naked people with goofy faces is too silly for me to take seriously. With the darker atmosphere, quirkier characters, and soundtrack of heavy metal and hip hop music, the film felt more like a corny Japanese B horror movie, and it was actually really fun to watch.
On a side note, this movie is just part 1 and only covers the beginning of the anime. I have yet to see part 2.
Bottom line: if you like B horror movies, you might like this movie. If you’re a die-hard AoT fan, you might be disappointed by the changes, but it might be worth watching just to see what it’s like.
Have you seen the Attack on Titan movie? What did you think? Any thoughts you’d like to share? Please comment below! Thanks for reading 😀