Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei
2022 / 142m - Japan
Fantasy, Adventure
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May 13, 2023


Not the easiest franchise to turn into a live-action film, and the struggle shows. While the film is quite ambitious, certainly the second half, the bland direction and poor use of budget let this fantasy/adventure down. Not that I liked the animation better, but they could've done more with these films.

Edward and Alphonse are finally able to locate Vader, creator of the homunculi. He has a pretty evil plan that will give him unlimited power, the brothers team up with former adversaries to stop Vader's plan and save all the people in the Kingdom. If they can beat Vader that is.

There are some pretty insane creatures here, which could've been cool if they hadn't looked like they'd run away from a 20-year-old video game. The film gets too sentimental at times and the runtime is excessive, but if the visuals had been on par all that wouldn't have mattered as much. Not great, but at least it had potential.