Jan 29, 2023
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld is a slight step up from the previous Doraemon film, though it still fails to pass the threshold for what I consider to be average. This time around, Doraemon and Nobita have entered in to a parallel world similar to our own but with the existence of science being replaced by magic. All is not well in this new world as demons have come and it is up to the gang to save the world, with a new character called Miyoko Mangetsu helping lead them to the demon world to fight back. The premise was a
real strong point of the movie, enabling the establishment of an interesting alternative reality. The early scenes showcasing the differences in society were to me the main highlight of the film. Unfortunately, the film quickly devolves in to the standard romp for these films. Nothing throughout the majority of the movie really does anything to make it stand out from any other Doraemon film, with Miyoko being a bland expository character (as every new supporting character in these films are), the villains being completely paper thin without any real motives and the plot amounting to nothing but another basic battle. Really the only other aspects of this movie that I enjoyed were the time travel elements which were decently trippy for Doraemon and the appearance of Dorami (even if it was rather brief). Overall, this film may not have been the worst of Doraemon so far, but it was exceedingly standard for Doraemon and arguably sub-par as a standalone movie. Only bother watching this if you are a serious Doraemon fan.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4
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