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Well, considering the length of the original series, the movie producers have done well cramming it all into a 2-hour long film.
There are a few flaws in the movie I thought needed a bit more work on.
1. There is little feelings of romance between Kodai Susumu and Mori Yuki. It just felt flat. This, I attributed, to the target audience of the original animated series.
2. The melodrama at the end, on the bridge, was very Japanese..... in the 1970s. It should have been shorter and more modernized. I guess one has to be a die-hard fan not to find that scene particularly long-winded.
3. There wasn't enough battle footage of the Yamato and her enemies. This I was seriously looking forward to, but was left disappointed.
4. I wish Mr Kimura would shed a few tears, that would have made his performance more believable.
That said, there were quite a few good points about the movie, 1. Realistic space-fighter maneuvers. The big turnarounds of spaceships and fighters in American sci-fi is just plain BS. The only other sci-fi that got it right was Babylon 5.
2. Up until the bridge scene right at the very end, I was actually not aware of the time passing.
3. This movie have some of the better Japanese actors in recent years. Overall, their performances are well delivered and their friendships believable.
4. Swearing and vulgarities are non-existent in the entirety of the movie (or none that I am aware of). This is a rarity these days, especially with all the filth coming out of American and European films.
5. The graphics and SFX are quite good. They are quite realistic. I have no problem with much of it except for those SFX sounds the lasers and beams made.... sound very arcade-like and very 70s.
This movie is worth the ticket you paid for.
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