Movie: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
Genre: Drama/ Mystery
Studio: Level 5/ Team Layton
Review by: MrB4
An apocalypse must be upon us, because there are now movies being produced based on video games that are enjoyable to watch. Normally this field of entertainment gives way to overpriced pieces of garbage that have nothing to do with a certain franchise whatsoever, or they are just so horribly acted that you wonder how something like this could have ever been made in the first place. So as many of you might imagine, I was a bit skeptical of checking out Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, but to be perfectly honest, it was a nice surprise that left me wanting more. If this is the future of where video game movies are headed, then by all means, sign me up.
Plot: Set directly after the events of The Last Specter, and told as a flashback story set three years before The Diabolical Box, our ever so loveable detectives Layton and Luke are listening to a record called The Eternal Diva, which reminds of them an adventure from their past. The two of them were invited to an opera by their friend Janice, which is based on the legendary lost land of Ambrosia and the secret of eternal life it claims to hold. After her performance, a mysterious voice tells the audience that they have now been forced to play a game, in which the winner will be granted with the prize of eternal life, and the losers will receive the exact opposite. This setup is quite interesting, and there are definitely enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
Video Quality: Acceptable enough for a saturday morning cartoon, but nothing special as far as animated movies are concerned. Everything is laid out in a very simple, easy on the eyes kind of way, and for something based on a handheld video game system, it looks pretty good. Sometimes the animations can be a little bit off, especially when the scenes transfer back and forth from CGI to the traditional style, but it’s not that much of an annoyance at all. The lip synching could have been a little bit better as well, but it wasn’t terrible.
Sound Quality: The voice acting is top notch, and will make you care about these characters and what happens to them. Obviously, it’s the performances from Layton and Luke that steal the show, but as a whole, everyone did a great job here. A beautiful orchestral soundtrack adds a level of charm that fans of the series will definitely appreciate. Sound effects are decent, but not anything special that will make you want to purchase a surround sound system or anything like that.
Special Effects: Using CGI in specific scenes adds a nice amount of visual quality here and there, but it can also take away from the movies charm at times too. What I mean by this is that while they were nice to watch, these moments felt kind of tacked on and not really necessary to what was going on. Not all of them were bad though, in fact,there were a quite a few times in which a specific moment made the scene more enjoyable. Quite possibly my favorite parts were when Layton was figuring the solution to a problem, and a bunch of items were circling around his head, it was cool to see.
Enjoyability: Despite all of the good and bad things I said about this film, Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva was a very enjoybale experience from beginning to end. Every scene kept me wondering about what was going to happen next, and the story was so intriguing that it left me wanting more once everything was said and done. If you are a fan of the franchise, or enjoy good mystery movies, then by all means check this one out.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva
Studio: Level-5/ Team Layton
MSRP: $13.49 on Target.com