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Based primarily on the first game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the film focuses on rookie defense attorney Ryūichi Naruhodō, as he strives to protect his clients in various murder trials, including the death of his mentor, Chihiro Ayasato, and the accusation of rival prosecutor, Reiji Mitsurugi. Ryūichi's greatest ally is Chihiro's younger sister Mayoi, a spirit medium whose body is posessed by Chihiro to communicate with him. The film will be a courtroom drama combined with the video game series' signature style. Sci-fi elements are also used such as characters bringing up holographic images of evidence during trials.
The singe greatest collection of hairdos in 21st century cinema.
I like Takeshi Miike, even though his films may differ in quality I always find myself entertained. And how can you not get entertained by this? Sure, it took some time before you could really concentrate on the story. All the crazy hairdos and over exaggerated behavior being totally distracting. But you had just gotten used to it all in time for the big mystery to unravel.
And speaking of the courtroom scenes, this is, as you probably know, a video game based film. And about half of the film is set in the courtroom. But this is far from your usual courtroom drama. And even though the judge seems to be a cool old man, the legal certainty and…
My vote for the best intro into Miike's filmography (though I haven't seen a lot) as it demonstrates his incredible ability to remain formally precise despite switching tones completely. Ace Attorney is also quite brilliant in how intelligently it incorporates the video games into the film. The court room as dramatic play. The static animations (editing of von Karma at the end). Wright's antics. The stupid questions you can ask and how it pisses everyone off (So that would make it...Christmas?) and how those stupid questions can suddenly become important evidence. The only other adaptation I can think of that rivals it is Mortal Kombat in the way it expands naturally upon the setting, environments and characters. I love Paul…
Miike indulges in video-game tics (rushed-close-ups in animated split-screens that cast a courtroom showdown as an old arcade fighting game), but quite often he displays his more toned-down, formal style that has emerged so strongly over the last few years. His elegant, somber tracks and low-angled shots of ludicrously tall judge benches undercut the goofy humor of the exercise, emphasizing the corruption of a system that jazzes up legal proceedings at the expense of fairness, patient review and honesty, inviting all manner of duplicitous, self-serving frauds and crooks to play the game to their advantage. Even so, Miike always finds a way to prevent the film from lapsing into typical courtroom drama, from comic whips to a use of holograms that allow one to throw the e-book at a criminal, as it were. One of the most delightful films of the year, and surprisingly suspenseful and even elegiac at times.
Takashi Miike Revisited (#10)
Yet again I luck out in coming across one hell of a pleasant surprise.
Rock n' Roll Mad Scientist Auteur Takashi Miike is given here a solid enough budget to bring to screen something seemingly too silly for its own good, and it definitely is silly, but it's the best kind of silly you can find in any movie of this caliber.
Ace Attorney is an adaptation to the cult video game series of the same name that tells the underdog story of Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense lawyer with the demeanor of an overly nervous goofball. Initially Phoenix seems like anything but a master of his profession, but part of the story's charm is watching…
Ace Attorney is a movie based on a videogame named Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, where we play a rookie attorney trying to solve a difficult case.
I have to say I've only played the first case, some time ago, but I was very impressed with the way they approached the videogame elements in the movie. It may seem a bit silly to watch real actors fall to the ground when someone says something stupid or to watch Phoenix sweating abundantly when he's clueless how to keep his cross-examination, but it's a lot of fun to be honest and represents the spirit of the game very well.
The plot is funny and interesting and although the movie is big it never felt boring. And the hairdos were fabulous!
Surprisingly one of the better video game adaptations, that stays very close to the source material - a little too close at times- and adds nice visual effects, e.g. by blending flashbacks into the scene, instead of cutting away.
The humor is a little too anime and awkward, like people falling to the ground whenever something stupid is said.
All in all, an entertaining courtroom film, that could have been shorter.
Day 259 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 37: Video Game: The Movie
While most video game movies suck because they aren't willing to commit to the inherent ridiculousness Ace Attorney bucks the trend, commits with all it has and ends up being a hell of a lot of fun.
Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) is far from the best defence attorney but he's committed and somehow wins his cases. When his mentor Mia (Rei Dan) is murdered, Wright sets about defending Mia's sister Maya (Mirei Kiritani) of the murder. Facing legendary prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saito), Wright finds himself chasing leads that inevitably connect to cases long since forgotten about that also tie every character on…
I love the fact that this movie exists. It's a video game adaptation that actually is, you know, an adaptation of a video game, as opposed to an agglutination of random elements that supposedly characterize the franchise but amount to nothing recognizable once they've been run through whatever machine was used to transform Resident Evil from a George Romero pastiche into... whatever the movies are trying to be. But I digress. Ace Attorney is delightfully true to its source material, and it doesn't take itself too seriously; the actors wear ridiculous wigs to match their game counterparts' anime hair, and the courtroom drama is peppered with kooky slapstick - although much like in the game, things get a tad more…
If I had never played the Ace Attorney games, I would have been confused and annoyed at this movie.
But since I have, I absolutely loved it. The only thing it was missing was more music from the games.
Difícil de seguir si antes no te has pasado el videojuego en que se basa, al parecer fielmente. Como fusión del lenguaje del videojuego con el cine, algo como Scott Pilgrim contra el mundo parecía notablemente más exitoso.
I've really been enjoying Miike's more mainstream work like Yatterman and Zebraman, but this one doesn't really stand out in any way. I'm sure if I knew the manga it is based on I would probably like it more but it seems to me that the main character is an idiot and lucky chance or help from others is the only way he would ever be able to win a case. That's not a character that speaks to me.
What impresses the most about this film is Miike's total commitment to different atmospheres throughout the film: one moment we might be watching a goofy video-game adaptation, and the next a dead-serious murder mistery where the fact that everyone is wearing a wig doesn't at all deter from the gravitas of the situation. It very much works, though and the end-result is surprisingly coherent.
This is reflected as well in the courtroom where most of the film takes place: the judge bench is stupidly tall but the setting isn't at all colorful, most of the things exibiting sober, brown tones.
What this means for the film is that during the serious moments it hits us that, in this world, trials are reduced to games where guilt and innocence aren't concepts as important as victory and defeat. In that sense, Miike's incorporation of the video-game aesthetic becomes more than just entertaining, it becomes meaningful.
One of the best bad movies I’ve ever watched. Having played or in some capacity having indulged in the games is almost mandatory; the story and general design is very much in flavour with the games.
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