• Ghostsmut

    ★½ Watched by Ghostsmut 09 Jan, 2015

    Having been underwhelmed by the Nintendo DS game of the same name I was relatively impressed with the opening of Takashi Miike's Ace Attorney. It was 100mph, all over the place and really crazy. Wow, I thought, I hope it stays like this for the whole film!

    But at about the midway point, the film shrugs off its skin and spends an hour discussing a very dull case you have no investment in. It's the film equivalent of listening to…

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  • Derek Godin

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Derek Godin 09 Jan, 2015

    Last time I saw this was at Fantasia two years ago, and seeing it at home has only increased my appreciation for it. The details, the A+ casting, make-up, and set design. Transitions. Background gags. The jump cuts late in the movie. Such a dense movie. In a weird way, this movie reminded me of Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind: there's at least three decades' worth of crime movie archetypes in the cast; a major societal paradigm shift has clearly…

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  • Tagave

    ★★★ Watched by Tagave 07 Jan, 2015

    Batshit crazy.
    *Phoenix has ghost visions
    *Phoenix interrogates a parrot. On the witness stand
    *A giant police mascot appears and blocks the hammer of justice
    *All the witnesses have crazy hair, most of them have their eyes covered by it too
    *Phoenix Wright might be the worst attorney in movie history

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  • Arto

    ★★★★½ Watched by Arto 16 Dec, 2014

    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…

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  • Sam Donchess

    ★½ Watched by Sam Donchess 22 Dec, 2014

    I want to give Miike credit for trying, but when you compare this to some of the batshit insane work he's done in the past, this film is a dried up turd. There are some moments where Miike's personality shines through (it makes sense because the games have a comical element), but it's largely a bunch of humorless scenes stitched together. I know this won't make fans of the game happy, but the court proceedings don't translate well to screen at all. Nothing makes any sense.

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  • Juanchi González

    ★★★★ Watched by Juanchi González 21 Nov, 2014

    !!!

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  • Kurz

    ★★★★ Watched by Kurz 27 Jan, 2012

    The world premiere! So Miike himself was present to tell us before the film to not expect lactating breasts and bloody appendages, but to look at his latest (well, technically he's made one since already that will be released in Japan in a few months...) with innocent eyes. For it is an adaptation of the popular game of the same name, which is evident from the insane outfits, hairdo's and behavior of most characters in the movie. The main character…

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  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★ Watched by Adrian Zachow 05 Nov, 2012

    Literal adaptation of video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney presents a convoluted story line that will be completely known to those who played the game. Those who haven't played the game are unlikely to actually be interested, and then might just be turned off by the film's silly tone, ugly design and cheap effects. Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright aka Naruhodo in native Japan, looks the part, though.

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  • Terése Flynn

    ★★★ Watched by Terése Flynn 29 Oct, 2014 4

    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…

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  • Bunkerwelt

    ★★★★ Watched by Bunkerwelt 26 Oct, 2014 11

    Holy shit. This is hands down the greatest cinematic achievement since "Space Jam"!

    Japanese powerhouse Takashi Miike brings us a movie adaption of the popular video game "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney" and he hits the nail on the head. The game is about a young lawyer on trial and the player having to piece together the evidence while witnesses and attendees react with manga like facial expressions. The movie version of this is literally exactly the same. It's almost scary…

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  • ulurujamman

    ★½ Added by ulurujamman

    Continuation of Miike's lifelong ambition to make a terrible film in every genre.

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  • A John Apart

    ★★★★ Watched by A John Apart 03 Aug, 2012

    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.)

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