Steins;Gate ranks as my favourite anime of all time, a great cast, a great story and an emotional rollercoaster ride that ended perfectly.
I was not a fan of the OVA, which was the epilogue the series didn't need and was therefore nervous about the film. I wanted more, but the story was so perfectly self-contained, could they pull it off?
Unfortunately the answer is no. It's not a film without merit, there is the core of a good idea in here, but it's not well realised. The opening features too much fan service, too many callbacks to characters traits without there being events to merit this.
Too many of the emotional moments are simply repeats of things done more effectively in the series. And then the ending comes across as a rush job, sloppily trying to fit everything back in the box to provide the happy ending the fanbase wants.
The problem with the film is it never really gains its own identity, it's a lesser repeat of series moments with a different lead, and it's not enough.