… or Attack on Titan Part 2: End of the World. Anyways, here goes my devastating outlook at live action adaptations of decent anime shows.
A continuation of the ongoing battle between the Scouting Regiment and the Titans. As the battle continues to unravel, Eren Jäeger, a soldier fighting the Titans for vengeance, is finding out an incredible secret that’ll leave the whole Scouting Regiment confused, but unsure on what to do and if it’s really Eren. Will the Scouting Regiment realize what he is and will they be able to stop the Titans?
IMDb rating: 5.2
Ok, first things first, I found the second part of AoT super bad, boring, confuzing and riddled by all sorts of bad moviemaking mistakes. Maybe our weird copy (very bad Russian dub with even worserer “English” subtitles) is partly to blame for this trainwreck of a C-movie but I kinda doubt it. I guess mostly it’s my distinguished taste because hubby told me he kinda enjoyed this flick. Men! What do you know?
If you remember my OatM about the first part of AoT you’ll know that I first hated the flick, then made amendments and only found it bad but entertaining. Well, nothing of that in part 2. This was pure and utter nonsense, crap and … I’m running out of words to describe this trainwreck with.
If I said the director of part 1 was lousy I guess he let his apprentice direct part 2. Oh, did I complain about bad overacting in pt. 1? You have seen nothing yet. Was anybody surprised about who really was in the giant Titan? No, eh? Ok, me no spoiling shit, so figure it out for yourself or let the movie “surprise” you.
Then there were some scenes and dialogues that made absolutely no sense at all. Was Eren’s jail cell to look like made from surreal stage props, incl. an old music box playing Skeeter Davis’s “Don’t They Know it’s the End of the World” in a dreamlike sequence with imagined (?) dialogues and navelgazing with captain Shikishima? Really? Really? As much as I’m a fangirl of student theater groups and their often very creative attempts, I guess this kind of wannabe arthouse approach doesn’t belong in a modern wannabe blockbuster movie. It’s just crap, nothing else! Wasted on an audience consisting mostly of culturally undereducated teenage boys of all ages. Ya, even wasted on wannabe intelleckshooals like Orcsi. Because it was out of place. Pure and utter crap on amateur level.
Ya, and anyway, what’s up with all the blah blah? Geez, the film ensemble are even worse chatterboxes than the anime characters, and trampling on their own feet even during the very few occasions in which they were supposed to show us some action. In fact the whole scout regiment reminded me of a old ladies chatty coffee party rather than the hardened warriors sent out to save humanity. Ok, they had lots of time to just stand around bright eyed and bushy tailed, twiddling their thumbs because one of the movies worst let-downs: There were no Titans to attack! 😮 Fuck, what? Yes, correct, hardly any titan apppeared in pt. 2. No wonder the ensemble and the audience were bored.
Verdict: As the useless culmination of all things bad in pt. 1, pt. 2 excelled, as a grande finale it failed terribly. There was nothing right, not even ok-ish, in AoT2: Production, writing, acting, direction, concept, action, timing, pacing. All bad as can be. They didn’t even manage to answer the still open questions. Did I mention that AoT: End of the World was an even worserer stinker than pt. 1?