I can only look at this movie in one way: in the view of a Bebop enthusiast. In truth, I was disappointed by the movie, and for a number of reasons. Let's look at the bad first:
1. Spike doesn't act in character. When ever in the TV show is he getting on random women? I mean, he never does jack crap with Faye; and I find the following even weirder, that he explicitly says in the movie that (random woman) is like "strong," and all this horsey bologna, when in the show he says (even more explicitly) that he doesn't like women with attitudes (Faye). Yet there he is, hitting on a girl with a gun who's trying to shoot him full of holes. Why? Don't know.
According to the director, Spike acts oppositely towards the people he likes (always giving Jet the finger in the show, never liking Faye, hating on Ed and the Dog when he obviously cares about them)... Why is this woman (Electra von Random Boobs) even there? She should have been replaced with a female lead we give two s***s about, in other words, Faye. If they wanted to work romance into the show, this *feature length* movie could have TOTALLY brewed a little something more than NOTHING between Spike and Faye. I mean, Goodness Mary Moses! Sure, I said Spike "doesn't like girls with attitudes," but here's the catch: Faye's been around him a long time--enough time to make a serious relationship. This woman pops up randomly--out of nowhere! When Faye popped up out of nowhere, Spike didn't get all "hey baby" with her, and both of the women were swinging guns around. Besides, Faye is way hotter than (random woman made for the movie). (Random lady) wasn't even well developed as a character. Who wants to see her? No one. Enough said.
2. Lost feel of what makes Bebop what it is. There were no blues jams (barely), and there was not a single shot of outer space (unless it was in the beginning out a window, or something, or on a computer screen). There was no classic Bebop feel of "Bounty Hunters," except for in the very beginning at the convenience store. That was the high part of the movie for me.
3. Off the last note, I have a Chicken Bone to pick with the music (only the Bebop masters will catch that one!). Where was the good music? Where was "Tank!"? Not in this movie!
4. Filled with silly mumbo jumbo. I don't care about this whole "knockin' on heaven's" door stuff. It wasn't even well portrayed. To be honest, mumbo jumbo doesn't work for me unless it's one: NOT an action movie, TWO, a TV series where it can spread out, or THREE, actually good mumbo jumbo, that really, REALLY makes you think (Inception). Besides, the whole message was gobbled, forced, and abominable. I can barely describe it, it was so f***ed up.
5. Plot. Nano creatures in lymph cells, zzz
I didn't know this was Discovery Health. C'mon, let's follow a wild crook through space, get lost among the stars, meet an alien life form! We've seen the whole super soldiers on Titan stuff before, and it's not getting any better the more they dust it off and throw back in the plot. Unlike crime fights, space, and bounty hunting, Titan plots about viruses are not what Bebop's about. Leave the viruses to Dr. House.
6. Putting the bad dude in a halfway respectable light was just... bad. And there's Spike, chatting with him at the end. What's up with that? He has the same voice as Vicious, too, which really blew my mind. His incessant chatter about BS was also dumb, but I already went through how bad the mumbo jumbo was. The ideal bad dude: did the same creepy stuff with Faye but maybe go a bit farther, and then Spike totally whips his ass. That would have been satisfying.
7. With the computer theme, I think Ed should have done more hacking, like she was known for when she first appeared. She's supposed to be the Godchild of this stuff!
8. Not enough Faye. That other (random pair of tits) should have not been in the movie. I was really hoping this movie would get some Spike/Faye going on. Some might then say, "How would it fit chronologically?" Dude, I never said they needed to get married. There should just be some romantic tension that basically returns to normal by the end. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Did I say this already? Yes, I did, but it's the part that most annoyed me.
1. If you sleep through the boring debriefings and the main villain's lame monologues, the action scenes are quite good, at least animation-wise. I think there should have been a bit more group Bebop action, Faye, Jet, and Spike back-to-back, blowing down the baddies. Wait
here I am going on again about what it SHOULD have been.
2. I laughed three times.
Bottom line: It was a decent watch. I shouldn't have come with such high expectations, but it's hard not to when it's attached to my favorite series of all-time. So disappointed that there was no Faye-Spike stuff
Such a drag. Ugh
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