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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.
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…
The singe greatest collection of hairdos in 21st century cinema.
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!
Well, someone decided to turn a video game into a movie, which is always a losing proposition since video games offer a level of immersion and control that motion pictures never have and never will.
But this time that someone is Takashi Miike. And the video game is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a game that, like many recent adventure games, relies heavily on narrative than it does player control.
In the game(and its many sequels) the player is basically given pieces of a puzzle which, when put together, progress the story until it reaches its endpoint. Such a narrative fits perfectly into a structure reminiscent of classic mystery and courtroom dramas.
But the game itself is so…
There are many reasons why all video game adaptations have failed, but mostly it is because the filmmakers and producers don't seem to understand the difference between games and movies.
Takashi Miike has changed all that with Ace Attorney. I haven't played the game, but I can totally see how he took the elements of the game and made them into a ridiculous, funny film that actually has a compelling story. The best thing about it is how it Miike manages the tone. For all the random jokes, crazy haircuts and silly dialogue, it is surprisingly grounded when it needs to be and I applaud that. It could have been tighter, because right now it felt a bit too long for a rather simple story, but I really enjoyed it.
This turned out exactly as I thought it would. Takashi Miike has really got the transfer of anime-style humor to live-action film down pat and is fast becoming a favourite of mine.
Based on a videogame, it's set in a weird alternate universe where trial lawyers are a mixture of sportsmen and warriors, and their debates are like battles (they also have outrageous fashion sense). It's lots of fun. I don't know if the twists and turns of the legal mysteries at the heart of the film would stand up to a second viewing (Japanese movie logic works in bizarre ways...), but the tone of the film was perfect: a deft and funny mixture of absurdism and high melodrama. I had a blast. (It's also probably the first ever *good* movie based on a videogame.)
A wonderfully ridiculous adaptation of a wonderfully ridiculous series. Miike does about as well as you could with a Phoenix Wright movie. However, when you try to adapt ~20 hours of content into a two hour movie, things must be sacrificed. The movie moves at a breakneck pace for the first hour, leading up to the final trial. Most of the stuff in the first half rely on the viewer's knowledge of events that take place in the first game. Some characters did not transition so well into movie form (I'm looking at you Gumshoe. Why are you just a normal detective in this?) but most make it through quite well. In the end, if you are willing to look past some minor flaws, you can have a lot of fun with Miike's adaptation.
I guess this was kinda fun but it felt too rushed.
The games give you plenty of time to learn about the fun wacky characters, whereas this just skips loads of character building and interaction.
Also Callisto is best girl in series
This is probably the greatest movie that stays daringly true to its video game source.
It's difficult to make court-procedural films these days, considering how much material is taken up by Law and Order alone.
That being said, between the effects, the acting and overall direction, it didn't much matter to me that the story wasn't exactly the freshest idea in cinema - despite the various "surprise" twists along the way.
While I could easily be accused of Miike fanboy-ism, and rightfully so, I argue that rather than his usual splatter-fare, this film relies on strong writing and the performance of the actors (especially considering the meat and potatoes of the movies takes place in one scene - the courtroom - where Miike is unable to add his usual bloodshed and fisticuff choreography)…
Right. It's probably time for a longer review than the last ones I've done. And since I've now been up for a consecutive 26 hours in a desperate and idiotic attempt to fix my sleep cycle, I have nothing better to do.
So why didn't I love Ace Attorney? It was fun, it was full of twists, it was a strange courtroom thriller, it was blessedly Japanese all the way through. A goo way to describe it is if you mixed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with a standard courtroom drama... only more... Japanese. This seems like something I would enjoy, right?
Well, I did. It was very enjoyable. But it had a few issues, and we will start with…
I really shouldn't have enjoyed this film.
Ace Attorney ist der Versuch, ein Medium so verlustfrei wie möglich in ein anders zu übertragen. Dabei ist Regisseur Takashi Miike die Absurdität diese Unterfangens sichtbar bewusst. Die Phoenix Wright-Reihe erzählt in der Regel in etwa 10-12 Stunden langen Adventures von 4-5 Kriminalfällen. Auch wenn sich der Film auf 2 davon beschränkt, ist er inhaltlich hoffnungslos überfrachtet. Plotpunkt um Plotpunkt werden dem Zuschauer um die Ohren gehauen. Dabei ist die Geschichte, die daraus entsteht maximal solide. Es fehlen eben Zeitrahmen und Interaktivität des Videospiels, für präzise Figurenzeichnung und Entwicklung . Die Darsteller üben sich in abstrusestem Chargieren, haben aber wenigstens sichtlich Spaß daran. Ein Teil davon überträgt sich sogar auf den Zuschauer - leider nur ein Teil.
Dafür zieht Miike…
Loved it, but I'm a huge fan of the games and am very familiar with the case already. I wonder if its even follow-able by anyone that hasn't heard of Phoenix Wright. It seems to go pretty quick.
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