Lelouch is back, and it's awesome. The animation is great, the soundtrack is as amazing as the series, the new characters seem to fit in well with the created universe and it moves the story forward, it is highly entertaining, keeps you on the edge of your seats and is thoroughly enjoyable. It's fairly long, which is a good thing in this case. overall it is a wonderful continuation of the story that doesn't in the slightest feel like a cash grab. what else do we need.
No need to say anything else, just go watch it on the big screen.
Who has seen films like Terminator or Matrix, will certainly know the genre of Dystopia, or worlds governed by a cruel apparently perfect system that takes away free will from humanity, that is, can not freely decide and is forced to follow rigid mechanical schemes if that person does not want to be punished. But in every system there can be a hitch, which if not observed can increase its level of influence of contempt towards the system that will eventually lead to total failure: The rebellion. In these cases, only one person can drag to himself/herself, first, a few people and finally the whole
of humanity. And in Code Geass the figure will raise the flag of the rebellion and a character who has entered the legend well or badly: Lelouch Vi Britannia.
Talking about Code Geass is never easy, as it is an anime that has many facets. An anime without a doubt to look at and deal with mainly with curiosity, at least I did so and I was pleasantly impressed. I have never liked the meccha genre that roam the city, much less set in a hypothetical future, yet this addresses the problem of how our tomorrow could be with a critical eye, where the absolute good does not exist and where the absolute bad does not exists.
Each character represents themselves well and expresses themselves in their way of being very clearly, Lelouch is a subject that does not leave indifferent: intelligent, charming, mysterious and troubled in the soul for the thousands of his problems and all the others. The only one to remain poorly understood is Suzaku who, however, thinking about it, it perfectly represents the average human (yes, I want to provoke you with this statement), or the man who is moved by his personal interest and that sometimes is a reason less relevant or important when viewed by a third party.
Technically, 'Code Geass' is really to be praised, really. It has a very modern style, bright design chara and bright colors. The 3D graphics are imperceptible: you can only notice them in moments when the scenes are speeded up, in which to maintain the composure of the models a graphic aid is necessary. As for the acronyms, they are a touch of class: the first and the last are beautiful for me, the second I liked a little 'less. As for the OST, its tracks are all very catchy and good to hear. In short, a joy for the ears. In conclusion, it seems to me that a 10 is all there. Take a look and if you are looking for something very different from usual, you will certainly not be disappointed.
A minute of silence, to remind to all people who died before watching this masterpiece and lelouch & C.C
Anime is a diversified medium with a distinct edge over western animation in appealing to a cohort of people who seek adult-oriented content, instead of the typical adolescent subject matter of a conventional Disney film. Notwithstanding, anime, in general, contains numerous trappings that detract from the otherwise positive aspects of the medium itself. Hence why a large majority of people still view the medium as a surrogate for young-adults whom wish to escape from the rigors of everyday life, and vicariously live through their favorite character(s). Not much unlike a girl who envisions herself as a beautiful princess, or a boy who
pretends he’s the next batman. In this regard, anime can be seen as the final intermediary before accepting adulthood, or a permanent stagnation for those who wish to embrace fantasy and false illusions.
Code Geass — one of the most popular anime in existence — literally defines itself with its fatuity and impractical circumstances. Not only perpetuating the stereotypical escapism of many of its contemporaries, but also proving that a preponderance of fans (important word there) will naturally flock toward terribly written, imbecilic shows for the mere purpose of enjoyment rather than seeking creative ways to increase one’s mental acuity. But enough admonishment for one evening.
All the characters in the movie — much like the series — fall into a specific trope that defined them and their actions. Making the various developments somewhat predictable. Magical powers are given to Lelouch as a permanent deus ex Machina that he can utilize whenever the odds are not in his favor. Furthermore, his genius intellect is much exaggerated, as he typically concocts battle “plans” on the fly that always seem to neutralize any numbers disadvantage that his compatriots may be facing. He foolish treats the battle field like a two-dimensional chess board, when, in reality, warfare is fought three-dimensionally. His cocky laugh is beyond cringey and his self-assurance is beyond reason. Suzaku, the foil to Lelouch, is the skilled ace pilot who cannot be matched because natural abilities and genetics (I presume). He serves as a veritable badass from an “athletic” perspective in contrast to Lelouch’s cognitive “prowess.”
The grandiose battles — fun, if you bash your head into a wall — serve as visual eye-candy to deter the viewer from focusing on the numerous faults with the suboptimal narrative framework. The animation, on the other hand, is crisp with a natural fluidity, despite the poor choice of incorporating intermittent moments of CGI. And the OST is somewhat entertaining, albeit a bit forgettable.
But nothing said here will change the minds of the ardent fans who loved the original series; therefore, if you’re looking for much of the same (except for a few nuances thrown in here and there) then Lelouch of the Resurrection will definitely satisfy your escapist needs.
This movie was a big disappointment as it was nothing more than mere fan service. It can't persuade that it was ever more than just a cheap attempt at a quick cash grab.
There was no story to tell, so instead they went with easy fan service. It's as if they googled some fan stuff and threw what they found in a cauldron and let it boil until stuck together a little bit. This movie is nothing more than shipping, shipping, shipping and the most hilarious "no, but also yes" stance on a popular theory.
- Without going into spoiler territory first a history lesson to explain
the context. The original anime had an old (though debunked) theory about the ending. The show staff always denied that theory, official statements contradicted it, in 2009 they made a completely new epilogue to hammer on the fact that the theory was wrong. In some statements they even explicitly denied core points of the theory. (for more information visit the Code Geass Community Information database, this can easily be found by googling "Evaluating Code Theory, main body + index", this information database also includes the new epilogue from 2009 which was mentioned above)
Fast forward to the present and this movie, the hilarious thing is that, while this movie does indeed fully contradict that theory, it then simply goes on and "borrows" some of the theory's points and applies it to an entirely new lore concept which was made specifically for this movie.
So basically, they're saying "your theory is wrong, but we're going to steal parts of it anyway and use it ourselves for something else".
- Story aside, and fair is fair, the art of this movie was great. It stayed true to the feel of the original while still being an improvement. The character designs are still very much CLAMP, so your mileage may vary.
The music was also well chosen to suit the scenes.
All in all, your enjoyment of this movie will depend HEAVILY on what you want from the movie. If you want a good story, an ORIGINAL story, good character development, and no ridiculous "the fan theory is completely wrong, but we're going to use it for ourselves anyway", then you'll not find much joy in this movie.
If you're just looking for some fan pandering and cute shipping moments, you'll appreciate the movie a lot more.