QUOTE (FirstMoon @ Jul 5 2011, 03:53 PM)
Sorry for sounding harsh but this movie seems like an OC fanfic,sadly.I have read some and I can say I remember I've read something similar like this in fanfiction.net
But let's be honest there,do we need this? FMA has already an amazing cast why they never tought about a Xing movie?
See, that's actually the one aspect of this whole production that has me most intrigued - I love that fan fiction type stuff because it affords other minds the opportunity to experiment with distinct musical, directorial, animation and story-telling techniques. It doesn't always work, but if done well (as in, say, the opening episode of Brotherhood), has the potential to be really entertaining. More of the same, especially at this point in FMA's lifecycle, strikes me as 'too much of a good thing.' Granted, I would have preferred something a bit more relevant (say, a movie about Bradley's early years and the founding of Armestris, Hohenheim's personal journey/romance with Trisha, or Roy's alchemy training), but an examination of Creta's relationship to Armestris is still valid canonical development.
I do have to comment, though, that of all the areas outside the world of Central glimpsed thusfar, Xing seems to me the most stereotypical and least worthy of further consideration. There's an element of personal bias in that statement, certainly, but I just can't bring myself to care for the two dimensional presentation of certain elements within the Xing sub-plot (Fu and Mei's generic characterization with stereotypical ninja tropes presenting the worst offense to my sensibilities). They've always struck me as unnatural additions to the FMA character roster, and speaking truthfully, Melvin, Julia, or even the Black Bat squadron fit into my concept of FMA far more seamlessly than alchemist ninjas.
While I harbor some overall disappointments with the direction of Milos Star ('off-topic' side story narrative, questionable art style), in the end, I think I will grow to appreciate this film. It's directorial quality certainly appears more consistent than Brotherhood's schizophrenic oscillation between phenomenal and pedantic.