YAY MOVIE RANTING TIME!!
Quite frankly, I disliked this movie. Overall it felt like I was watching some crappy war flick rather than Fullmetal Alchemist. Yes, now you're all gonna yell at me saying "WELL DUH". I know. Doesn't mean I have to enjoy it.
The characters were... off. Ed was rather blah. I know he's probably changed a lot in the past two years, but really. I expected a little more emotion coming from him. (a note: the Ed and Al reunion scene was, uh, underwhelming...)
AND ROY. MY GOODNESS. That angsty attitude was pulled from NOWHERE. He was smiling and hopeful at the end of the series. And suddenly, in the movie, he feels bad for all the things he's done wrong in his life. Did I miss something here? [oh yeah, I love (hint-NOT) how they didn't put any sort of ending for him....]
Let's see... the evil lady was rather laughable. And I didn't see the point of Noah really (although my friends insist that she had a purpose. But I still couldn't tell you what it is
). ++Personally, I see Noah (being Rose's alter) as BONES's weird way of trying to hook up Rose and Ed- judging from the end of the TV series they certainly seemed to like that pairing.
++ I did like Alphonse Heidrich; I felt really bad for him. I smacked my forehead when they shot him down, though. Too many random deaths in this movie.
There were a couple parts I liked, mostly invovling Wrath. His actions definitely made up for any annoying behaviors he displayed in the series. Sacrificing himself so Al could access the gate increased my respect and admiration for him by about a gazillion points. ^^; And his reunion with Izumi was so sweet; I think it was the only thing that really touched me in this movie. Another part I enjoyed was Roy snapping out orders to Havoc and company towards the end.
Um, yeah. Speaking of the end, it was pretty lame. I had totally predicted the outcome before I saw the movie. I'm thinking now that I just didn't like the "plot twist" about the gate that was introduced at the end of the TV series- and by this, I am of course referring to the revelation that the other side of the gate is our world. It kind of ruined the fantasy-feel of Fullmetal Alchemist to me. I suppose this explains why I had such a problem with this movie in concept alone ^^ (and, I admit, I am incredibly biased against war movies). But I am also of the opinion that the movie was badly executed. The whole thing just seemed utterly ridiculous to me.
Hm. I could have said a lot more, but I'll spare all of you. Please don't hurt me too much, everybody. *ducks*