I don't think this is necessarily a bad film. It's visually stunning, and well acted. I also liked all the nods and references to the original. Unfortunately after having seen the original anime fairly recently it just isn't quite the thought provoker, the original is.
Please, for every deity that people pray to, let this end the franchise. I loved the cartoons when I was a kid, but these films are just awful. They're too long to keep the attention of kids that just might be interested, and don't have the remotest of story lines for anyone to actually watch. I think half of the budget must have gone on paying some of the big names to be in it. Unfortunately, as has been proved…