Attack on Titan Part 2
A young boy name Eren Jaeger has to use his gift to know about the mystery of the Titans.A young boy name Eren Jaeger has to use his gift to know about the mystery of the Titans.A young boy name Eren Jaeger has to use his gift to know about the mystery of the Titans.
Part 2 picks up the story right where Part 1 left off, but sets the stage first. There's a short flashback scene from Eren's childhood which explains the special ability that he displayed at the end of Part 1 (which, at the time, seemed to come out of nowhere). Next, there's a short compilation of scenes from Part 1, which prepares audiences pretty well for viewing Part 2. Then the story moves forward, starting with Eren chained up and threatened with execution for what he revealed about himself in the previous battle. Eren lives, learns more of the history of his civilization and the titans who decimated it, finds out what is really going on in the current war and has to decide what role he will play in its final outcome.
For those who saw the first half of the movie, the best way for me to tell you what the conclusion is about (without, of course, resorting to spoilers) is to give you a list of questions that Part 2 answers: How can Eren's special ability make a difference in the war against the titans? Are there others who have that same ability? Why did the titans suddenly reappear at that particular moment in time? Where did that titan's titan who broke through the wall come from and why does he look and act differently than the others? Why are the titans vulnerable to injury at the nape of the neck? What are the competing agendas at work here? What happened to the original scouting regiment from Part 1? Can the outer wall be effectively patched? And, last but certainly not least, what lies beyond that outer wall? Part 2 answers all these questions and, in the process, gives us a movie that's better than Part 1.
"Attack on Titan, Part 2" / "Attack on Titan: End of the World", even though it's the second half of a single movie, is very different in tone and substance. Part 2 improves upon many of the problems that I had with Part 1 (which led me to give that movie a "C-"). The story is more interesting in Part 2 – especially with several plots twists and surprising reveals. The script leaves far fewer unanswered questions and has fewer plot holes (fewer, but not none). The creepy/silly-looking titans get less screen time in Part 2 and hardly any close-ups, which helps the audience take the story's conflict more seriously and earns the film higher marks overall for its special effects. The characters are less annoying (especially the scouting regiment's comically gung-ho female squad leader who is still kind of ridiculous, but a little more amusing than in Part 1), but much of the performances is still overly melodramatic.
This two-part film would have been more effective as a single film. Joining them wouldn't have necessarily resulted in a bloated three-hour movie. Eliminating the credits at the end of Part 1 and that review compilation at the beginning of Part 2 would save time. That, and more judicious editing of the story, could have produced a half-way decent two-hour-long "Attack on Titan" movie. Releasing the story as separate films was probably about selling two sets of tickets, but that only works if Part 1 is good enough to make people want to talk it up and to see Part 2. I can't help thinking that making this into one movie would've turned out better both creatively and commercially. As it stands, however, Parts 1 and 2 were released as separate movies, leading to separate reviews and separate grades from us. "Attack on Titan: Part 2" is better than Part 1, but still not what I'd call high quality. "B-"
- Oct 22, 2015