Professor Layton: The First Movie
Alex: I originally wasn’t planning on doing an entry for this, but the movie blew me away on so many levels that I felt I had to.
So, Professor Layton and the Eternal Songstress, otherwise known as Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime, is the first in a series of movies about the game which caught everyone by surprise and proved to be one of the biggest phenomenon in the modern gaming industry. This movie takes place before any of the games, so you don’t need any indepth knowledge about the series, all the characters there say enough about them to get the grasps of it. Professor Layton is one of the best puzzle solvers in the whole of Great Britain, and likes to refer to himself as a true gentlemen. His apprentice, Luke, joins him on their first adventure when they get a letter saying that there’s an opera connected with eternal life.
The artwork is gorgeous to look at and a real treat when compared to some of the more modern animation movies around, because it takes its own style and customizes it to make it brilliant. It takes a while to get used to when compared to the big eyed moeblob girls of the modern anime, but when you are used to it, you really appreciate how special it is. Detailed care is even taken on the Victorian architecture.
The soundtrack is nothing outstanding, featuring one or two pieces which really carry parts of the movie.Whilst it may not be Nana Mizuki’s best vocal singing, it’s still very strong. There’s not much I can say about the voice acting, simply because it’s really good, even though some minor characters have exaggerated, embellished ways of speaking, it is to be expected from a child’s movie.
The plot is pretty deep, thought-out, and has amazing pacing on its side, even though it never quite stops itself from being p ridiculous (Layton built this helicopter in the jungle with a box of scraps!). As the climax draws closer it becomes increasingly bizarre, but by that point it doesn’t seem to care that it isnt being serious. Iff the viewer can suspend his disbelief long enough to watch Layton fall hundreds of feet through the air and land with his trademark top hat undisturbed from its place, he shouldn’t have too much trouble with the rest of the plot.
I loved every moment of this movie, so it’s really hard to write a non-biased review of it. The games were good, yes, but not as good as this amazing childs film. Look past the whole “Professor Layton is lame” thing, and give it a chance.It honestly deserves it.
Alex’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)