Fire up the Wave Motion Gun, because Space Battleship Yamato (2010) is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Tim Eldred of Cosmo DNA.
Review in a Nutshell: Opinions are divided on Space Battleship Yamato. On one hand, it’s a very faithful adaptation of the genre-making anime from the Seventies. On the other hand, some of the changes that were made for time and budget reasons are likely to upset some of the long-time fans.
Oh, I can’t wait to hear this one, Paul! 🙂
Just as Tim suggested, I don’t suppose we’ll ever see another take on Yamato in live-action after this. Nice to see it lived up to some expectations (at least for the ending).
Tim Eldred is the most respectable authority on Yamato in North America, hands down. It’s great to hear him on this.
That said, I was a little less than impressed with this film. Other than the bridge of the Yamato (which looked amazing), the sets looked really cheap and I got the feeling it was all filmed in somebody’s basement instead of a studio sound stage. And the story was oversimplified and didn’t earn its touching Farewell Yamato ending.
It was similar to how I felt about Yamato 2199, though in that case the budget seemed huge and it looked amazing, but it was lacking some of the original’s heart. The live-action movie also lacks some of that heart. You don’t get that deep, emotional connection between Kodai and Okita, for instance.
But I can’t say I disliked it. I think what worked in it was what it took from the anime, so why not just watch the anime?
Then again, it’s been more than a year since I saw this, I might have to revisit it.