Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura, and Lee are sent to protect a prince during his trip around the world and see that he returns safely to his home in the Moon Country. The Moon Country happens to be really rich and as such the Prince tends to buy anything his heart desires, during his travels the Prince would come across a circus group that features a rare Sabre-toothed tiger that he just had to have. So he purchased the entire group. Suddenly a mission to protect just the spoiled prince that hardly listened to anything said, turns in to a mission to look after animals and a prince that doesn't listen to what they say, and in the end somehow get them all back safely to their home country. All the while there are three mysterious Ninja wielding some frightening jutsu waiting for them. Why are they attacking them? What do they want with Team Kakashi!?!
One shouldn't expect eye-opening narrative or intricate writing when faced with a vile creature that is the shounen filler movie, and yet...It still somehow manages to upset this barely tangible notion of "expectation". The "story" (if you can call a sequence of random, incoherent, completely disconnected events that) itself was even worse than the rest of these sub-par, money-milking, uninspired Naruto movies. I had more fun in the rectal exam room than watching this abomination take on it's convulsed shape.
The first 40 minutes felt like a REALLY long intro for the paltry five minute fight scene. Second half onwards, by means of exploring
the geopolitical implications of antagonizing Siberian tigers in a holistically constructed narrative, earth-shattering discourse is brought to the table. In a sense of "why is it here?"
Sorry, I just feel like the tiger played an essential role in this post-modern tragicomedy and should not be taken lightly.
(EDIT: Six years later the Siberian tiger still haunts my dreams on a nightly basis)
On a more serious note (naruto movies are serious business) - The ending and the upcoming "plot twists" could be seen from a mile away. (Literally, you could actually predict the plot while being a mile away from your screen. Yup.)
Well to tell you the truth the story was below yu-gi-oh! story telling standards. That's really as low as you can go. (EDIT: 6 years later - Unfortunately, that wasn't "as low as you can go")
Nothing out of the ordinary here. (Except for a shit-load of cash poured into multiple underwhelming five minute fights ridden with awful choreography). The overall quality was pretty high though, except I disliked the art style itself a bit. It seemed to lack consistency compared to the adapted canon material. The CG wasn't out of place nor overused. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.
Sound was...average. Generally, Naruto tends to shine in the sound department.I won't go as far as to say I hated it, I simply didn't notice the sound at all. Not in the way that it seamlessly blends in with the environment, but in the way of simply not being there. It should inspire life to the bleak wasteland of abhorrent writing, just like during the original series. Though several musical scores were taken from the TV series, that's why it manages to score a 6.
Characters while trying to take themselves seriously, were more of a comedic relief than anything else.What this movie really lacked was the development of team Kakashi. Naruto being his usual dumb self, Sakura and Lee had as many lines as that Siberian tiger(!), which somehow managed to be incrusted into this mess of a story.
The "villains" were the laughing stock of the movie, their designs, voices, (and what's with the wannabe Jiraya wigs?) no backstory, no motives, no nothing.
With the intention of saving you the braincells (or remnants of the aforementioned if one has already managed to watch this "masterpiece") I'll spare you the details regarding the so called "character development" Well, OK, I'm just being coy. There isn't anything to spare actually.
The three things that make Naruto enjoyable are: the fights, world building, and character development. Fight choreography and composition were sub-par, any traces of character development non-existent. As for world building, it was beyond the scope of this one and a half hour uninspired filler movie from the get-go.
Naruto is all about enjoyment, and this movie had none. The word "painful" fails to describe what kind of fucking soul-wrenching, dimension-tearing, mahou shoujo tear-inducing hurt I was subjected to. I just kept begging either the movie or my life to end.
After long and tedious work, me and my friend (yes, I needed backup) managed to count that the word "papa" was used forty-three times during the run time of one hour and twenty nine minutes of this movie. Which means you will hear the word "papa" accompanied by "dramatic" crying, on average, every two minutes and four seconds.
OVERALL: (~3.4) = 3
I am giving it a 3 and I consider this does justice to this masterpiece of modern cinema. Its lack of redeeming qualities even for a Naruto movie is really unbelievable. If you have some free time, and are bored as hell, just go and watch something more intellectually stimulating and enjoyable like...homeless dogs taking a shit on your lawn. Really, you have been warned. Watch this at your own risk.
Naruto movie 3 honestly surprised me. While I wasn't expecting anything more than an extended length episode, instead Naruto movie 3 stands on its own as a genuine movie. The story seems to be pretty standard fare, on paper anyway, but is handled well for all that. The story contains the depth and pathos that the show aims to have, elevating it. As always, the content of the story is not quite as important as the execution of the story and this movie succeeds in that respect. Story aside, standing largest of the movie's strengths is actually its art. The new character designs cooked up
for the film look good and the art is crisp and nice-looking. Further, the action sequences are fast, brutal, and possessed of an unusual fluidity. There are moments were the art direction takes strongly artistic bends, as well as taking more experimental shifts (particularly in some of the fight scenes) and this all works very well. Occasionally, the art in the comedic moments may seem discongruous to the art in the action sequences but it all works together surprisingly well and looks nice doing it. The music is good, seems lifted directly from the series (whether it really is or not) - though thats not a bad thing, per se. Music aside, there are many moments of well-placed silence to highlight the emotional gravity or drama in various scenes. Rock Lee nearly seems like a non-item particularly next to Naruto, who seems bent on carrying the entire movie. This is especially interesting in light of that while Rock Lee has probably the fewest lines of dialogue of any of the leads, he has some of the most involved and intense action scenes. It whould seem that Lee is tacked onto to this adventure simply for the sake of said action scenes (not that I'm complaining). Naruto is, naturally, possessed still of grating personality and largest importance to the movie, but he is not, overall, especially irritating. Overall though, the characters work well together and won't displease most folks. Overall, Naruto movie 3 stands apart as a good movie, not just a good Naruto yarn, due in large part to its high production values.
The worst Naruto movie in existence. I'm appalled at how something as horrible as this actually exists.
So anyhow, the aesthetics are alright...I guess. Nothing else about this anime is even remotely decent.
The story, man, I could predict everything that was going to happen right from the start. It's so predictable. Naruto meets a prick, does stuff to make that prick see he's wrong, owns a bad guy with a new Rasengan, we've already seen this pattern in the last two movies anyway. Once you figure out the basic roles of every character, there is nothing else to learn from this movie. The
background of this particular story is a joke. I mean seriously, circus animals?
The characters likewise are extremely generic, like the story, and nothing special. And honestly, do you really want to go through the agony of watching an annoying little kid being a prick? If you don't like annoying small children in general, please avoid this movie like the plague.
I like the Naruto universe a lot. I'm appalled that this abomination would actually be considered as potential filler for this anime. This doesn't compare to the crap filler that made Naruto last over 200 episodes. It's much much worse.
The Naruto movies aren't anything amazing but they're still somewhat enjoyable. That being said Naruto is one of my favorite anime but even so, i'm gonna give this an honest unbiased review. It's a typical predictable plot with some forgettable characters but plenty of action to enjoy.
Story (6). All of the Naruto movies fall into the same trap, they have a predictable/average plot. Now I wanna say first of all i don't think it's not good just because it's not apart of the main story, for the most part I like filler. However this story didn't deliver anything I haven't seen before. I was actually
laughing at some points because I was easily able to predict what was going to happen next. One of the characters was typical as well. I didn't necessarily think the story was bad but obviously it wasn't anything special. It was functional and it had a bit of an unexpected little turn at the very end. The end itself was in typical Naruto fashion so if you're a fan as I am you'll appreciate it. There was one scene concerning the Prince and his wife that happened and usually this plot point would've been revisited at some point toward the end. For some reason they did this scene and that was it, they never came back to it. It was probably made to show more emotion within one of the characters but it didn't make me care anymore than I did already so I still don't see the point of it.
Art (8) The animation was actually very good this being a movie (which usually have better animation than the anime). The characters moved very fluently and the action scenes all looked well done. The environments looked pretty good, just overall it was consistantly pretty throughout. I think this is one of the best qualities of the movie compared to the story and characters.
Sound (7) The soundtrack wasn't that relevant, there weren't too many occasions where the music was played but for what it was I liked the songs when they did play them. A classic OST track was added as well at the end with a slight remix to it which was a nice touch. The outro song/montage was nice as well and I actually liked it. As usual, the general sounds were crisp and clean and nothing bothered me. For the most part everything did what it had to do.
Characters (6). I gave the characters a 6 because watchers of the anime already know Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi and Rock Lee...so there's nothing new there and I didn't base the grade on them. The characters they introduced weren't special, forgettable as usual but functional as usual too. The kid I guess would be the "main" character out of the new characters. He came off as very predictable and uninteresting to me, i knew right away he was going to be a bratty scared kid in the beginning and then upon meeting Naruto he changes into a nicer more confident person. The prince (fat guy) was a bit funny to me, he wasn't anything special but worked and didn't really annoy me. The main antagonist though quite possibly has the worst name in Naruto history, i'm not gonna say it i'll leave it up to whoever watches it to see it for yourselves. There were some shinobi involved and they were over confident and weak as usual. They had a cool power but that couldn't convince me Kakashi, Naruto and Lee would lose to them...not by a long shot. The villian from the last movie was alot better in my opinion these villians weren't really good at all. The only thing they were there for was to be fought by Kakashi's team. Watching Lee fight was very entertaining though, and there was a very cool fight scene towards the end involving circus animals and kakashi. They did do a disservice by killing off a few supporting characters that seemed to be cool pretty early on and that was a bit dissapointing.
Enjoymet (7) Like i said earlier i am a Naruto fan after all so in no way did i dislike this movie. In all honesty though I didn't exactly have the same experiance as i did with the regular anime. There were cool action sequences mostly envolving the ending that was nice. The beginning was a bit slow and boring but more towards the middle is when things picked up so I wasn't uninterested. Basically I don't regret watching this at all, but I don't plan on rewatching any time soon really.
Overall this is a decent watch. If you're a fan of Naruto you're gonna probably watch this anyway. If you don't like Naruto I don't see why you'd watch this. Finally if you don't like filler it's up to you whether or not you want to pass this up. Like i said, if you like the show it's not a bad watch. The movie has it's moments and it's not at all terrible, That's about it.
I know this was long and i apologize but if you agreed give my review a thumbs up, hope this helped (: