Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn (licensed by Sentai Filmworks)
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Hey guys. I am here to give my review on a movie I saw just yesterday: Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn, the first part. Yes, I said first part. There should be a second part of this movie coming out eventually (or it just hasn’t been dubbed yet), but for now, the only one I got to see on Monday was the FIRST PART. I have to admit that I am not a fan of two part movies, since the first part is guaranteed to have a cliff hanger and this movie was no different, but at least the cliff hanger wasn’t enough for me to rage quit. With my misgivings now out of my system, let’s get to the review part.
I’ll try not to give too much away.
The characters themselves were pretty likable, except when they are acting too stupid like in the beginning, but I guess their naivety in the beginning was just to show how they would evolve as the movie continues. My favorite character was Reg. All I know about him right now is that he is an amnesiac robot and that he is so adorable, especially when he is curious, but of course curiosity can lead to trouble at times. His character was well made and almost makes me want to purchase a plush in his image (not possible right now).
The graphics were pretty amazing, especially when it came to the creatures in the Abyss. It almost felt like a Miyazaki film, but I know it isn’t, but it felt like it. Speaking of the creatures of the Abyss, they reminded me of the creatures found in the Avatar movie, especially when it came to the creatures that were able to fly. I was actually hoping for them to ride one, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, the graphics with the elaborated color brought the movie to life.
Another thing that brought the movie to life and gave it more feeling was the music. It felt Celtic in a way and when it was playing was during moments of clarity for the characters giving the moment more impact. It didn’t sound like your typical anime music and that’s what made it stand out to me.
The plot and setting of the story was unique with a mix of science fiction and fantasy. I won’t go into too much detail here, since I am sure that some of you might not be familiar with Made in Abyss, but know that the twist in the movie made it worth it to buy a ticket (even though the ending was a cliff hanger).
After the end of the movie there was an interview with the creators of the movie as well as the creator of the work itself. The creator of Made in Abyss looked excited to share how he came up with the idea and what his aim was in creating the story. I’m glad he has the ambition to make this story. As for the creators of the movie, their opinions on how the movie turned out was interesting to listen to and it felt like they were friends just playing with one another when making this movie. I hope they continue to work together for other movies in the long run.
Well that’s my review. I recommend you guys give this movie at least one watch, but I also suggest you guys watch the series. I admit I never watched the series and that might be the reason why the movie itself was filled with surprises for me. Anyway, I look forward to the release of the center part of the movie and hopefully won’t be caught in a horrible cliff hanger again. Cliff hangers are not fun.
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