After the first film adaptation was released in 2017, it was long enough for director Fumihiko Sori to release a sequel. Highlighting the continuation of the journey of Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric in finding the answer to restore their bodies lost due to the failure of Human Transmutation, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar presents a new enemy. Anime fans of course already know about this new enemy because it’s not different from the anime (and the manga).
In addition to new enemies, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar also begins to get into the big problem that is the core of the story, namely the Philosopher’s Stone. So, how will the second film in the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action trilogy be delivered? Check out the review here!
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar movie review:
Live-action made to pamper the anime fans
You could say, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar is quite in line with the anime. Watching this live-action makes you feel like you’re back watching the anime again. Unfortunately, this can’t be said to be good either because this live-action actually takes the exact same scene as the anime. I myself feel quite bored and have no enthusiasm to watch it because this live-action is like a photocopy of the anime that aired from 2009.
But, for fans of the anime, of course this live-action feels like an oasis in the middle of the desert that erases your thirst for the appearance of Edward Elric’s character. This character is played very well by Ryosuke Yamada.
Unfortunately, for those who don’t follow the anime and want to try following it from the film, you might be super confused and don’t understand what this film is about. You see, there are so many plot holes and unnecessary jumps that make this film confusing from the start.
Opens with captivating action
This live-action is almost exactly the same as the anime, there are also many background stories that are omitted. Yes, because this live-action condenses about 10 episodes of the anime into two hours of film.
Even so, the way Fumihiko Sori opens this live-action is quite promising. Making Edward and Al’s meeting with Lin on the train was a smart choice. This film has an attraction at the beginning when Edward has to fight in a narrow area against two “enemies” at once.
You see, the anime provides a battle in the city as the opening of this arc which may be considered less “wow” for a film. because the fight scenes on the train really caught the eye from the start.
Unfortunately, this step stops there. hope there are other things that are shown in this live-action, for example in the fight scenes that can be made more dramatic. Indeed, the hell, for hand-to-hand combat scenes, this film admits that it works well. Unfortunately, when describing the power of alchemists with their various special effects, this is what doesn’t make anyone nervous.
Focus on visuals, not stories
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar is like trying too hard to present beautiful visuals, but forgets its main strength, namely story ideas. You are always given “wow” battle scenes, but with a plot that is quite rushed and forced.
Who are the people from Xing and why are they looking for the Philosopher’s Stone (not Harry Potter’s, huh!)? Why did Edward cooperate with Lin Yao, even though they were enemies before? Even this background is not raised clearly
This film really just wants to show off the visual effects which are actually not that good either. The scenes on the train are indeed the best, but after that the quality decreases, especially when describing wars and critical scenes that should make you focus on holding your breath because you feel afraid or tense.
However, this didn’t work at all and has always been the PR of popular live-action anime. Leaving Hughes out of the story feels really wrong, let alone placing the conflict between Roy Mustang and King Bradley only on the surface. So, there are a lot of unexplored stories in this film.
Too small for a big conflict
As a result, this film is too small for the big conflict that should be presented in this second film. This second film is the beginning of the conflict between King Bradley and the Homunculus who want to destroy Amestris. However, the position of Homunculus like Ency and Gluttony just feels like a patch that doesn’t seem to be involved in this conflict. Scar, who should be the main “villain” in this film, doesn’t feel terrible and sad either.
Mackenyu Arata is arguably quite good at playing Scar. However, since this film really only puts one problem above another, the result is that the background of Scar’s story, which should make all his actions make sense, turns out to be unimpressive.