Not the official poster for the film, but it looks nicer, in my opinion.
Anyway, I dragged a friend to watch the live action version of Attack on Titan, because I didn’t really want to watch this on my own. Considering that I haven’t read the manga/watched the anime, I was hoping that this would be a gateway for me to get into the series, but frankly, this movie wasn’t good enough to do that.
(I didn’t bother reading the original manga/watching the anime because it was too srs bzn for me at that point in time. I was pretty much stressed out and angsty about life, and I didn’t need to watch more depressing material where everyone dies. But I must admit that I really liked the anime’s opening theme: Guren no Yumiya. It’s by Linked Horizon, which is a side project of Revo’s Sound Horizon, so of course it sounds amazing.)
Anyway, back to the live action movie, spoilers ahoy, although idk, I don’t think the people who may chance across this blog will watch the movie.
– In general, I did like the fighting scenes, especially the parts where they get to fly through the air with their ODMG (Omni Directional Mobility Gear or something??) I thought Mikasa looked pretty cool, which was such an improvement from her early ‘quiet/needed-to-be-protected’ personality. Competency is fucking attractive, you guys, who knew, eh. (It’s just me, I have a competence kink.)
– The soundtrack
was pretty decent. I was kind of hoping that they’d slip in some Guren no Yumiya, like a nod towards the anime fans who’d probably watch this, but nope. But yeah, the soundtrack wasn’t too bad.
– The Titans look pretty grotesque and can be kind of creepy, so yeah, points there, I guess, for the special effects and stuff. In fact, some of them, with their wide mouths and sharp teeth, remind me of the Japanese urban legend creature, the Kuchisake Onna (Slit-Mouth Woman)…
– I’m ambivalent about the fact that they have changed the original story line, since I never read the original, and I can’t exactly compare, but detractors would say that by changing the source, the movie is no longer relevant, whereas others might enjoy the fresh take on a familiar story.
– Maybe because there is a second movie coming out, but I found the storyline for this part to be fairly weak.
The plot: Eren is annoyed that he’s stuck behind the Wall, and wants to explore the world outside. His ‘wish’ is granted, in a sense, when Titans breach the Wall and start to rain destruction on their district. He sees his potential love interest, Mikasa, being grabbed by a Titan, and he thinks she died, so in the aftermath, he joins the military to try and kill the Titans.
Two years of training skip by, and he, along with his bff, Armin, plus other random useless people, they go on a ‘suicide mission’ to retrieve hidden explosives that they can use to plug the hole in the Wall. However, they have shitty luck and traitors in their midst because the explosives got stolen and then rendered useless and it feels like a hopeless situation. Mikasa plus someone who is supposed to be Levi (??) are thrown in the mix, and then Eren gets swallowed by a Titan, and then gains the inhuman ability to turn into a Titan, and he starts to fight the rest of the Titans for them, and then passes out. Cue trailer for next film.
Look, the plot is so cliched and so little things actually take place!
– So many fucking useless scenes that don’t even add anything to the story line. I’m sorry, but when you’re in a life and death situation where you may be eaten at any moment, why the fuck are you thinking about the baser things in life, like sex?!? Hello, giants out there want to eat you for lunch and you’re thinking of getting chummy with each other?! Where are your priorities, people. Also, when there’s a huge monstrous creature standing before you with their rows of sharp teeth gleaming, don’t just stand there, run or hide or play dead, ffs. Geez, how is the human race going to survive.
– Lack of actual character development. I don’t know anything about the original, but the characters in the film have absolutely no personalities. A couple or so of them may have little quirks to make them more memorable or interesting, but ultimately everyone is as flat as an oppo smartphone, which is supposed to be 4.85mm thick.
Moving along, there are some things that did intrigue me:
– The General (??) in the movie rebuked Armin for being interested in advanced technology, asking him to recall what happened when humans had advanced technology, i.e our era, I guess (so AoT is set in the far future?), and Armin replied that there was man-made destruction of nature and war and basically bad stuff. Plus the trailer for the second movie hinted that Eren had the ability to turn into a Titan because he was experimented on by his parents. Which made me wonder if the Titans were some sort of failed experiments by previous generations that eventually got out of hand.
– The Titans are the antagonists, only up to a certain extent, because I bet the high ranking folks in the military are the actual baddies who can somehow control the Titans or something, because the stolen explosives had to be an inside job.
– Armin might become a badass inventor?? I hope at least he will survive because dude looks really weak and useless when it comes to fighting. He seems more like the blacksmith/artisan swordmaker type.
– Is the Captain Levi substitute a good guy? Seems dubious to me, since he’s watching from the sidelines instead of joining the fray near the end of the movie. Plus, his apple eating scenes? What, not afraid Ryuk’s going to sue you for stealing his trademark?