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Scientists estimate that the average human being has around
100,000,000,000 (100 Billion) brain cells (or neurons) and that after
the age of 20 we tend to lose them at a rate of around 9,000 neurons
per day. There are activities that can enhance that, such as sniffing
paint or glue, which can accelerate that loss to about 300,000 a
day...remarkable to say the least. In my own research this past week, I
have discovered that exposure to the new movie "Yu-Gi-Oh!" makes the
paint huffers of the world feel a little better about their eroding
brain cells, as I believe I may have lost in the area of about 1.6
billion neurons in the time span of an hour and a half.
Yu-Gi-Oh is a fantasy card game that has taken over our children's lives and depleted our (parents) pocketbooks of hard-earned cash and has given us some of the most confusing conversations we have ever been subjected to. The cards have turned our sons (and some daughters) into poster children for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder without any help in sight. Either my son is OCD or he is a genius, but to follow this game with any type of success, I suspect he would have to be a mixture of both.
This leads me to "Yu-Gi-Oh!" the movie. My 9 year-old son has problems with his handwriting, he has issues with the use of pencils upsetting his tactile senses and his reading could be better, but he can utilize the internet to find the release dates of ANY movie that may, or may not be, in production at any moment. I, on other hand, am lucky if I can remember to shave in the morning. Anyway, he knew months in advance when this movie was coming out and quickly began to pine away the days with a sense of wistful yearning that is usually reserved for Sonic the Hedgehog and Spiderman...I knew at that very moment that my brain cells were at risk.
In the weeks preceding the release of "Yu-Gi-Oh!", I thought of so many ways to get out of seeing this celluloid nightmare. Maybe I would be called away to business in a Third World country...maybe I would be forced to sell soap to the criminally incarcerated...maybe I could pay a babysitter to go to the movie with him. In the end, after debating with my ex and also realizing I was too poor to afford a babysitter, I subjected myself to the experience.
We arrived at the movie theater; my son a portrait of unheralded joy with a hint of trembling angst, and me, saddled with the look of a man who has realized that the Governor is not going to call with a stay of execution...I am resigned to my own fate. As I expected, we got MORE cards upon payment of the tickets, though I did save some money by going to the matinée, so that's a positive. We started to the theater and as providence would have it, the movie actually started early, so we missed the first 3 minutes or so, which probably saved me approximately 300,000 neurons.
I cannot remember that much about the actual movie, but I do remember the "plot" (and I use that term loosely) was just what I thought it would be. It can be broken down into this easy to understand dialogue:
Enemy Guy: "I have this incredible card!"
Yu-Gi: "Oh yeah? Well, I have this incredible card!"
Enemy Guy: "Well, you may think that, but I have this card which combined with this other card makes your card obsolete!"
Yu-Gi: "Ha! You only think that, but I have this face down card that when combined with this magic card and this other spell card combine to create the ultimate monster that you could never dream of stopping!"
This goes on for an hour and a half. I am not kidding. I got you...you got me...I got you again. Finally someone got someone else and a card that was never before seen makes an appearance and changes the dynamics of the film. It was like watching theoretical Dungeons and Dragons geeks if they were to spar on ESPN, only the latter would probably be more entertaining because of the commercials. Speaking of commercials, this is literally an hour and a half infommercial.
Finally its over...its over...its over. I keep having to assure myself that this is indeed the case. In the moments after, I realize that I cannot remember the names of any of my teachers in grade school and that I can no longer pinpoint the exact moment when my hair began to recede. Thankfully, these memories are not as important as others and "Yu-Gi-Oh!" has not taken everything from me. The only thing I can actually remember from the movie is that the Blue Eyes Shining Dragon is not one to be trifle with.
In closing, I would be remiss if I did not quote that great sage Dean Vernon Wormer, "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son". After seeing "Yu-Gi-Oh!" I might tend to disagree.
Truth be told, I'm a big fan of Yugioh. I play the card game, the video
games, and watch the anime all the time. So as a hard-core fan, even I
have to say, this movie sucked. Big time.
Truth be told,the plot sounds good, and the movie had potential. Anubis, an evil sorcerer, awakens from a 5000 year old sleep and, like most villains, goes to destroy the world. And guess what? He's got the 8th Millennium Item, the Pyramid of Light (picture a blue version of the Millennium Puzzle) to help him do it. To defeat him, Yugi and the gang have to travel into the Millennium Puzzle to defeat him, and battle all sorts of mummies along the way. Now, had the movie focused on the gang's battle against Anubis, then it would have been watchable.
Then, the monkey wench came in the form of 2 words; Seto Kaiba. Maximillion Pegasus appears, but he ain't the villain. And even the evil sorcerer Anubis can't be the big bad, he only appears for about 10 seconds (egxagerating here). Nope, it's Kaiba and his obsession to beat Yugi (this guy needs a hobby!) that drives the movie, start to finish.
Anyone who has watched the anime knows how annoying Kaiba can be. You'd think that, if the guy runs a multi-national corporation, he'd have a brain. But even Kaiba can't figure out something's wrong when Anubis whispers in his ear, and the monster attacks physically hurt the duelist. Guess he doesn't have a brain! The movie simply combines 2 good elements that mix to form nothing: A card game and an undead evil. Picture the cast of The Mummy playing poker, and you'll get an idea of how bad the movie was. It was basically a 90 minute episode of Yugioh. It contributes nothing to the anime, and actually creates a huge plot hole (the opening sequence mentions Yugi has been dueling for 3 years, meaning that seasons 3 and 4 in the anime take place at least 2 years apart). And the Pyramid of Light is never mentioned ever again, nor is Anubis, and all cards seen in the film are never seen again either. If I, as a fan didn't like this movie, how enjoyable do you think it would be for a non-fan? Save yourself an hour an a half, and skip seeing this.
This is a movie for KIDS. Adults aren't supposed to be mesmerized by a
spectacular plot and stirring dialogue. It is an hour and a half of
excrutiating hell for parents and absolute nirvana for kids who love the
card game and the TV show. It is a way to get more kids into the card game
and, thus, make more money.
Just remember, adults bring a pillow for a much needed nap (or at least a cell phone with games on it!) and don't buy the kids popcorn and drinks. Mine was too fascinated by the movie to remember to eat the candy (which went straight to my butt) or drink the lemonade (which was thrown out).
Well,we finally got the see the Yu gi oh movie today. It was okay,for a
movie. I hate that everyone keeps calling it a ninety minute
commercial. It's only going to appear that way if you haven't seen the
Now for the good parts. The best lines from the movie came from Pegasus in my opinion. I think bringing him into the plot was a smart idea,for those who had seen Duelist Kingdom. But for those who have not had that opportunity...(don't know how many wouldn't have.....) Pegasus' sudden appearance, as well as the other main characters' reactions to him might confuse some fans.
The music in this movie was fantastic. (hence my rabid attempt to get the soundtrack!!) I liked "You're Not Me",played during a particular scene concerning Kaiba
Plot: Well....okay. this is where the movie was sort of lame. Especially for those of us who are major Egyptology nuts like me. Anubis seems to be the villain here. Now,come on. Any idiot knows Anubis wasn't ever human. he was a diety,the God of Afterlife judgment. The whole "Pyramid of Light" concept was okay,but I wouldn't have called it a Millennium Item. It wasn't even gold plated for Ra's sake! I liked the fights with the corpse. But,I will say this. It looks kinda like the writers of this movie read a bunch of Fanfiction on the web,then pulled different concepts together,and somehow brought out a semi-sloppy plot with redundant dialogue,and some seriously awesome monster effects.
As a Whole: This movie is strictly for die-hard Yu gi oh! fans,and yes,that includes me. I loved the movie for it's dialogue,monsters and music. But I know these people can do better with plot lines. I bet Takahashi was really disappointed,if he saw this. (Word has it,it was only made for the US. Gee,I wonder why!)
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When I first heard that 4Kids was going to be making a Yu-gi-oh! movie,
I was skeptical, as I'm sure most true Yu-Gi-Oh fans were. Anyone who
knows Yu-Gi-Oh knows that 4Kids does an OK job at best editing and
dubbing the original anime for American viewers. So how could they
treat a movie? Especially one that they made themselves?
I'm pleased to announce that, for once, 4Kids did a good job. The plot was well written. For starters, it made sense. It managed to incorporate the show's past, while not giving away its future. In fact, the only spoiler was for the end of Battle City. (As if we had any doubts) In regards to that, I was pleasantly surprised that more was not given away regarding the Battle City Championship. It made that part of the show still worth watching.
Most of our favorite characters were portrayed similar to how they are in the show. (Except for maybe Kaiba, but that's a matter of opinion) There were great duels, some of the best I've seen yet, in fact. Duels that can leave you on the edge of your seat. And one has to love new monsters. And free promo cards.
As a fan, I was both surprised and pleased with the content and pace of the movie. It had some more subtle, adult humor which I found refreshing, as an adult fan. (I'm almost 20) Also, it moved a lot quicker than the show, because they weren't explaining every move in the duel and why they were doing it, like they do in the show.
All in all, I've seen this movie twice, and I enjoyed it both times. First, I saw it with my mom, who had never seen the show, but had to admit it was still a good movie, once I answered her questions and explained who was who. The next time, I took my 16 yr old sister, who had never seen the show, but is now a converted fan. Any movie that can capture new fans, can't be that bad. I think that if you just give it a chance, then it could definitely be worth seeing.
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Okay, every single official review of this movie that I have seen says
it was basically the worst movie ever, or at least a contender. And yet
all of my friends who saw it thought it was awesome. Neither my friends
nor (I'm assuming) the reviewers are stupid people, so there must be
some reason for the huge discrepancy. The reason, clearly, is that we
are people who have watched a lot of the show and already have an
appreciation for the complexities of the characters and ideas in it.
This movie is simply not made for people who are viewing it with little
or no context. That's all there is to it.
Of course it's true that the plot is terribly contrived, the characters not very thoroughly drawn at all, and a good deal of the time taken up with the card game. Is it just a merchandising ploy? Well, yes it is a merchandising ploy, but that doesn't mean that that's all it is--in fact, if you know how to play the card game and know all the different cards and their significance, much of the dueling is quite interesting. Is the plot nothing but a clichéd "save the world from evil" sort of plot? Well...it's more that way than I personally would have done had I been given the task of making a Yugioh movie--I would have ignored all the ancient Egyptian and God Card stuff and focused perhaps on Kaiba's history and relationship with Yugi and Joey, or something. But let's face it, especially in America, the main market for this movie was pre-adolescent boys, and they tend to like powerful evil beings trying to take over the world. So I understand why they had to make it that way. Not my first choice, but understandable. The significance placed on the God Cards is also quite annoying. In fact, in the show, they are not used the same way--Yugi does not keep them in his deck. But they wanted to use them here. Kinda stupid, but whatever.
All that said, in my opinion within the framework of creating a movie based on a show that revolves around this card game, and needing to make it marketable in the right way, they did an awesome job making the movie funny and interesting for people who know the characters and the show. Everyone I've talked to agrees that the dialogue between Kaiba and Pegasus is priceless. If you don't know Kaiba and Pegasus, you can't appreciate the line "Do you ever shut up? I know what it means!" If you've watched Duelist Kingdom, you'll find it funny. Same for many other such lines.
One thing I especially appreciated was the role given to Yugi himself. The Pharaoh, Yugi's other half, isn't actually the hero of the movie, which is nice. Without little Yugi persisting inside the puzzle during the duel, the Pharaoh would have been toast. The movie made no attempt to make Yugi "cooler" than he is, which I was afraid it might. They let him be an innocent, shy, short little high school kid, not your typical hero.
Kaiba is an excellent example of why one needs to have watched the show to get the depth of the movie. They don't do much to develop Kaiba's personality, so it really helps to go into the movie already having an appreciation of it. If you do, then you'll find his struggles against the influence of Anubis to be interesting, and you'll understand his internal conflicts, and appreciate the significance of his throwing the Shining Dragon card to Yugi.
Basically, overall, I would never suggest that this movie could stand on its own as a great accomplishment of cinematic drama. Not even close. It's for people who appreciate the show, and all the characters and symbolism of it, and who are willing to accept that a somewhat contrived and over-dramatic plot was necessary for marketing, and who will enjoy the dialogue and character interaction and even the dueling. If you don't like it, fine. Not all movies have to be for everyone. But if you're not a fan of the show, then you have to realize that you're not going to get much out of the movie. That doesn't mean it's the worst movie ever made; it means you're not the right person to appreciate it. Personally, I thought it was amusing and interesting.
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I think people are very critical about this movie. Many reviewers call it a '90-minute commercial for Yu-Gi-Oh cards', 'the joy of watching people play UNO', or(this one is laughable)'lifeless and dull'. That is absolute rubbish. All of those reviewers were people who know NOTHING about the real Yuugioh series. Anyone who knows the series is bound to like the movie, so take a kid with you who likes Yuugioh. If you are a parent who is ignorant of Yuugioh, ask your child to guide you through it, as I'm sure he(or she)will be happy to do so. Another note to parents, this movie contains some suggestive themes of violence and some mild sensual references(in the design of the female monsters) so make sure your children are mature enough to understand.Also,some things that were edited out of the U.S. version appear here(Spoilers Ahoy!), including Pegasus's wine-drinking, Injection Angel Lily's giant needle, and a nude(but censored) Fairy's Gift. Overall, an okay movie.
Okie~dokie~smokey~artichokie~mokie! (mokie= Mokuba) Now, let's see. In order to be able to understand this movie, you have to be a fan of either the manga (the book that Yu-Gi-Oh! started as.), the anime (tv show), or the dubbed anime (any of the Yu-Gi-Oh! show NOT in the original Japanese language). Yes Yu-Gi-Oh! started as 1.) a book, and 2.) in Japanese. But that's not my point. my point is that this movie is all about the card game called duel monsters. But this game has a secret, it originated in ancient Egypt! But bottom line is that if you like the show see the movie. If you don't like it and think it's the worst thing in the world, then: CRAM IT!!!! (this is the clean version) If you don't like it, then don't bother voting or reviewing! Thank-you! ^__^
The movie was perfect, for what it is meant to be -- 90 minutes of
excitement for adolescent boys. Not everything on the screen needs to
be Citizen Kane. In a summer serverely lacking big screen interest for
males under 13 Yu-Gi-Oh! was just what the doctor ordered.
If you've never seen the show you're going to be lost. Actually, you're going to be lost unless you're a fan. Like most anime Yu-Gi-Oh! is serialized in nature. The movie takes place after the current season of the weekly TV series. In this respect, the timing could have been better. Fans of the cartoon don't yet know that Yugi has won the three Egyptian God Cards, which are pivotal to the plot of the movie. Also, cut scenes early in the movie also let us know the fates of other characters in the cartoon -- fates that are up in the air until the new season starts, a month after the release of the movie.
The characters in the movie are voiced by the same actors as the cartoon -- very important to the young viewers. And it was great to see some old favorite characters back in action.
Now I grew up with the television show and the trading cards this movie
is based on, so I have no problem with the lack of character
development. But the thing is, Pokemon the First Movie was better than
The story is very predictable and not too interesting either. I mean, it interested me when I first saw it, but keep in mind, I was young, and looking back, the story actually confused me at points. The duals were not that great. Which disappoints me, because most of the episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh were duals! The duals in the movie were either too slow, or too predictable, or just plain boring.
My suggestion to you and anyone who has seen the TV show (not that GX or 5Ds crap) If you must, watch this movie, I mean it was OK, but it was not that great either, you will only get it if you have seen the original TV show.
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