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Fullmetal Alchemist the Revenge of Scar review – a live-action adaptation that doesn’t stick on landing

August 20, 2022

This Netflix movie review Fullmetal Alchemist the Revenge of Scar contains no spoilers.

When adapting a live-action anime or manga, the beauty of the characters and story can get lost a bit. There are some things that live action just can’t do the same way animation can, and that’s why these adaptations don’t work. The performances in Fullmetal Alchemist Scar’s Revenge are not at all believable. It’s a film adaptation that should have remained the source material instead of the live action.

In this episode, the Elric brothers encounter their toughest adversary yet – a lone serial killer with a large scar on his forehead. As they attempt to catch him, they learn a series of dark secrets about some of their fellow alchemists.

In a way, that’s good because fans of the franchise can find out more about the other Alchemists. But, the visual effects are not up to par. Netflix has been hit or miss when it comes to the amount of special effects they have invested in. So having this fluctuation between movies and series is questionable.

The action scenes are good when it comes to melee combat, but once the powers kick in, it completely falls apart. The fight scenes are overdone, and that doesn’t work in a live-action adaptation. Using a green screen is visible and takes you out of the fully created world.

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For fans of the manga or anime, it might be a bit easier to figure out what’s going on in the movie. But for those who are just trying it out because they enjoyed the other movies, it’s a bit confusing and hard to follow. Too many things happen episodically in the film. It doesn’t really transition from scene to scene. It’s hard to find good in a movie that tries to emulate the essence of anime in a live-action movie when it’s impossible to do.

Nothing happens in the movie because small situations are resolved in minutes. It’s just a cycle of scenes that could be panels in the manga to speed up the full scope of the story. The Alchemists breakdown should have been handled differently. There should have been some kind of structure.

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