Netflix’s Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film has had a mixed reception from fans and critics.
The film, which released yesterday, is currently sitting at a 20 per cent critic satisfaction score on Rotten Tomatoes, with 72 per cent of registered fans enjoying it.
“Following a spirited set-up, the story never gains much propulsion or emotional weight,” wrote Variety’s Richard Kuipers.
“Fullmetal Alchemist has some good things going for it,” adds IGN’s Kaori Shoji who gave the film a 6.5/10, “but needs to fix the leaks and sputtering in the narrative’s engine.”
While some seem content with the attention to detail and source material in the Chimera storyline and costuming of homunculi, a lot of fans claim the film doesn’t fully capture what they love about the original anime series.
In an interview with Anime News Network, Director Fumihiko Sori acknowledged that when adapting an animated series into a live-action, it can be difficult to balance and appropriate the various components of a series fans love.
“It’s very hard to balance action, visual effects, acting and all those components,” he admitted. “I feel like through this film we were able to actually achieve those things as well as connecting the visual effects between the characters.”
Sori, who also directed a live-action Ping Pong film, admitted plans for a sequel: “As long as there is a lot of people that watched this movie and loved this movie, we’d love to do that.” he said.
Based on Hiromu Arakawa’s action drama manga, Fullmetal Alchemist follows the story of two young alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. After an attempt to revive their mother goes horribly wrong and Edward loses an arm and leg as Alphonse’s soul is trapped in an iron suit of armour, the pair search for the rare Philosopher's Stone that can restore them. This is all before getting involved in a battle between mankind and seven biblical sin-inspired superhuman creatures called homunculi.
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