SPOILER ALERT, on both the anime and the live action movie, you have been warned.
Attack on Titan, better known as Shingeki no Kyojin, is an anime series based on a manga written by Hajime Isayama. The story revolves around Eren Yeager, Armin Arlert, Mikasa Ackerman and the people inside the Wall.
Before everything else, allow me to refresh your memories about the story. Eren, Armin and Mikasa, are friends, they live inside a city surrounded by walls, huge, strong and tall walls. Or so it seems. For 100 years people have been living peacefully inside this walls, however this peace was shattered by the appearance of the Colossal Titan. The Colossal Titan caused the breach on the first wall, which led to the chaos and death that followed. Eren, Armin and Mikasa, saw firsthand the destruction and death that the Titans caused in their land. They saw their loved ones death, they saw their homes ruined, and they saw their future broken. They vowed to avenge humanity and kill all the Titans, especially the Colossal Titan. Fast forward many years after, they become part of the Survey Corps, an elite group of soldiers fighting against Titans outside the walls. Their first mission came, to mend the wall destroyed by the Colossal Titan. During this mission, a huge surprise came their way, a titan fighting another titan.
Refreshed now? Good. Now let’s proceed.
I had huge expectations on the live action adaptation, after the success of the Rurouni Kenshin series, I was thinking that this movie would be a colossal hit. However, after watching it, I could safely say that it neither exceeds nor meets my expectations. Why you ask, let me explain.
The first thing that I was concerned of was the story, how would they interpret the whole thing, are they going to change or omit something. The sad answer is, yes, they did change something. During the first five or so minutes of the movie all I was thinking was, why is Mikasa so weak, so lame, and so helpless. Because we know that Mikasa is anything but. However, I realized that the succeeding events would lead to the drama that would follow. Eren needs that heart-wrenching, soul-crushing reason to fight the Titans, in the movie it was Mikasa, in the anime however, it was his mother. But seriously, all that drama in the middle of the movie.
Second thing that I was concerned of was the Titans, what would they look like, how would they portray the grisly killings (more like eating). At this point I would like to congratulate the people behind the costume and make-up department for a job well done. Those Titans where as disturbing in the movie as they are in the anime. It’s a stuff of nightmares. All the gore, the blood, the crushing and eating of humans was portrayed well, my stomach actually did a somersault. After the movie, Gino asked me something, and I think it needs to be answered for the benefit of those who didn’t watch the anime nor read the manga. What is a Titan? Well, no one really knows (*wink wink*). One thing is clear tho, they are huge, human eating monsters.
My third concern is, there are new characters, or did they just renamed some of them, or these characters were in either in the manga or the anime. I mean, who is Shikishima, Kubal, Hiana, Sannagi, Souda, Lil, and Fukushi. After further internalization, I realized that Shikishima must be Levi, Souda must be Hannes, Lil and Fukushi must be Hannah and Samuel, Hiana, Kubal and Sannagi is lost to me. At this point please, correct me if I’m wrong.
The fourth, and I believe the last, thing was the acting. I admit that I don’t know who the actors were, and I don’t know their filmography, but I know good acting when I see one. During that scene, when the Colossal Titan kicked the first wall, and I saw Eren, Armin and Mikasa running for their lives (were they?), I can’t help but observe that they were trying real hard to look scared. It’s probably hard to act scared when you don’t really see the thing that scares you (It’s like the robots in the Transformers). However, the wall debris is falling down on you people, for heaven’s sake run. Other than that, I would say that the acting were good. One stand out acting however was Satomi Ishihara’s interpretation of Hange. She got all Hange’s quirks right, that crazy obsession with Titans, her crazy antics and her clumsiness. Oh, I forgot, there was Sasha the potato girl, portrayed by Nanami Sakuraba.
The live action adaptation of Attack on Titan is good, with all its twists, action, and drama. Yes, they did change some things, and they also added something, but somehow it made sense. Yes you are making a live action adaptation of a well-known anime, you are not however bound to copy the whole thing, if you did, then might as well watch the anime and imagine it in real life.
All in all I rate this movie, 3.75 Titans out of 5
Phoebe is a lawyer wanna-be by day and moonlights as the Gladiator’s all around girl. She dabbles in arts and crafts and loves writing about the dark side of the moon, or in this case, the other side of the Wall.