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Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva (Reiton ky˘ju to eien no utahime) Reviews

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July 28, 2017
Actually the best video game movie of all time - so much that IT'S CANON IN THE SERIES. That tells you already that this movie is phenomonal, even after like 14 views. If you want to get into the Professor Layton series, grab a copy of The Last Specter and pop in this movie while you play the game - you won't be dissapointed.
October 9, 2016
The Only game to film that works so far
May 17, 2016
Charming mystery story. The story gets a bit absurd in the third act, but the atmosphere and characters make it a wonderful journey.
June 20, 2015
I have seen this movie a couple of times and it's an awesome one! This movie doesn't ad up to the believe that Every movie based on video games are bad. This is even essential to the storyline throughout the franchise. If you're a fan of this game you'll like this very much. To those who don't know anything about this franchise, in the beginning of the movie there's a fast introduction of the most important characters. Please watch it because you won't regret it :)
December 31, 2014
Animated feature of the popular Nintendo game, whilst I'm not familiar with the games, this is an enjoyable feature but I can't help but feel it looses something in the translation. Namely the interactive puzzle solving elements that are at the heart of the games appeal.
May 16, 2014
Watched this with my 9 year old son as he loves the Professor Layton games and i love Anime. We both found it very boring, slow paced, and just plain dull. :(
April 29, 2014
Layton fans will love this movie.
April 25, 2014
this film is about the story of the discovery of an immense aslante (a civilisation) site.
Professor Layton and his student, Luke, are invited by a cantatrice to see an opera but this trip become a big kidnapping to determinate who are intelligent enough to become immortal.
This movie is excellent for the people who likes mystery, the riddle are cleverly introduce in the story, the atmosphere may suggest the game. The background music are really good and the pictures are inventive and beautiful.
In conclusion, it's a lively anime with a good story. The only problem can be the continuity with the video game and a person who aren't regular to this type may not understand all of the details.
½ February 9, 2014
Based on the Video Games of the same name, Professor Layton (JAPAN: Yo Oizumi US/UK: Christopher Robin Miller) and apprentice Luke Triton (JP: Maki Horikita US/UK: Maria Darling) are invited by Janice Quatlane (JP: Nana Mizuki US/UK: Emma Tate) to solve a mystery of eternal life, if you are a fan of the games... check it out.
½ December 22, 2013
a poor quality anime based on a good game series nuff said
Super Reviewer
½ September 24, 2013
Video game film adaptations are notorious among filmgoers because of their poor quality and notorious among gamers for a lacked of faithfulness to the source material (Max Payne), over reliance on the source material (Prince of Persia), or questioning said game being adapted to film (Super Mario Brothers). What works in a video-game narrative structure won't work the same way onto film. Both are vastly different needing specific elements to function. Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva is different taking what gamers love about the video game series and put it into a narrative that anyone could into regardless of their position to the series.

Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva follows Layton and his apprentice Luke caught up in an adventure, when a masked figure steals an entire opera house and forces those in attendance to play a high-stakes game. The film takes place between the fifth and fourth entry in the game series building upon establish lore for fan while for the uninitiated serving as a standalone film without needing prior knowledge to enjoy. One element retain from the game are the puzzles. Just like in the video game, the puzzles are presented as puzzles allowing the viewer enough time to form their own conclusion. Unfortunately this element does not last long as viewer participation to form solutions faces two main issues; characters will either solve puzzles for us too quickly or plot convolution will create a major plot thread of seemingly insignificant things. Despite the puzzles not working entirely to the film favor the mystery keeps enough level of intrigue for viewers to be invested. The Legend of Ambrosia-a myth based on authentic Greek mythology-the film also surrounds itself with real world mythos. This supplements both fans and newcomer with something both are familiar with taking advantage of the rich myth its mystery is based around.

Another area the film works is it faithfulness to the characters and matching the over the top spirit of the series. The film makes a wise choice to introduce its main cast as if we were meeting them for the first time. Choices like these is why the narrative works as a whole. Fans will be able to spot references to the video-game series and notice returning characters, but never loses focus in its main narrative. Characters on the other hand are given enough development to seek things through, but not enough to care about them. A lack of urgency due its plot convolution won't make you worried about the character lives. They do however offer some comedic moments and room for interesting conversations. This helps some of the film more dramatic scenes still pack a punch even without any attachment. When it reaches an extensive climax it where it stretches itself and most of it problems become noticeable. Plot convolutions, a lack of viewer involvement in solving puzzles, and no urgency all make a present. Even with a flawed overstretched climax it ends on a good note.

The art style is a mixture of European influences with more traditional anime styling. Character features and movement are overly exaggerated like an anime. Environments and characters design are drawn in clear line (or Ligne Claire) European style featuring strong colors and a combination of cartoonish characters against a realistic background without anything appearing flat. The film also uses a considerable amount of CGI for some of its more harrowing moments. It's CG usage stick outs badly not fitting exactly with anything matching the hand drawn visuals. Thankfully CG is strictly use within the realm of the mechanical like a car meaning CG will only serve a mild distraction when on screen. Tomohito Nishiura and Tsuneyoshi Saito have produced the music for several of the Professor Layton game titles. Their signature classical compositions that will appease viewers. Voice acting is solid, but far from subtle. In the English dub lip syncing can be off noticeably and some voice actors will go on for long periods simply shouting their lines. At least what's make it voice work bearable is the authenticity of the talent. Effort from the cast is evidence even if they don't know how to approach reading a line.

Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva is a step forward for video-games film adaptation keeping what fans like about the series while also structuring its narrative so anyone can get into it. Granted solving the puzzles isn't as fun as in the video games missing a sense of urgency along with it. Both fans and the average filmgoers will find flaws with the film, but is a decent a film that gets right what so many video game film adaptation get wrong.
August 17, 2013
A true gentleman always transitions well from video game to movie.
February 16, 2013
Note: The English dub is the version viewed.

Movies adapted from video games have earned a bad name for themselves. Usually terrible films that even fans of the source material tend to rebuke, video game movies are generally something to be avoided. Still, there are exceptions, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, being one of them. While Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva isn't perfect as well as being heavily flawed, it's still an entertaining and satisfying film that goes above what is often expected of video game films.

In a condensed form, the plot follows brilliant detective Professor Layton and his young apprentice, Luke Triton as they find themselves, as well as a large crowd of people, trapped in an opera house and slowly being picked off one by one in something of a tragic game. By solving puzzles, Layton and Luke, as well as their friend Janice Quatlane, must survive these puzzles in hopes of apprehending the culprit responsible.

Japanese anime (or really any form of anime) has never been my particular cup of tea. And if you truly detest the genre, I recommend staying far away from this, as it's unlikely to change your mind. In fact, it may cement that opinion. However, keeping an open mind through the quirks and oddities one finds in anime, I found myself actually enjoying myself somewhat.

The film opens with a one minute intro that more or less explains that this films is based off of a popular video game series, among a few other things. This feels very much like a commercial, and it's hugely unnecessary. Thankfully, it's short.

The plot is surprisingly engaging. While it starts a little slow, it isn't too long before the ball gets rolling and in true 'And Then There Were None' style, groups of people and disposed of repeatedly. The film becomes more frenzied and more intriguing. At times, the film is surprisingly creepy.

At times, the film feels very much like a video game. And there are things the film does that would only work in a video game, and simply doesn't work in this film. Some things that don't work is the utter improbability of much of what's going on. For example, Layton at one point, builds a helicopter out of materials he finds in a shed and uses it to fly to a nearby island. This would be acceptable in a video game, but in a film, viewers are much more unlikely to suspend their belief in reality.

Some elements of the mystery seem hugely obvious, and some characters are far too oblivious of them for far too long. Also, those who have not played some of the Professor Layton games will not know several characters whom are in the film, but without proper introduction.

And despite being a mystery, there are many things left open ended and unexplained. While this may not bother some, others may feel disappointed.

Attempts at humor are made, but it's all painfully unfunny. Never did I laugh, but humor is not the primary focus, so this can be excused.

What cannot be excused (and this is the primary reason that I'm not giving this a higher score) is a tedious, dull, and improbable action sequence near the end. It lasts 20 minutes, and frankly, it was 20 minutes too long. This represented the lowest point of the film.

I may be saying a lot of negative things about this film, but I did enjoy it. The plot is intriguing, characters are interesting, but what got me the most, is the ending. An absolutely beautiful and poignant finish. I won't spoil the details here, but you'd be surprised at the emotional depth displayed here.

Voice acting is will make those unexposed to anime cringe. The fact is, it's all hugely exaggerated and often laughable. The more bearable of the voice talents are Christopher Robin Miller as Professor Layton, Emma Tate as Janice Quatlane, and Robbie Stevens as Oswald Whistler.

While the animation isn't stunning, it's serviceable. Mixing hand-drawn animation and CGI, the animation is pleasant, if far from eye-popping.

Perhaps the best aspect of the film (other than the beautiful ending) is the score, composed by Tomohito Nishiura and Tsuneyoshi Saito. Utterly charming and wonderfully inventive, the music is fun, unique, and quite breathtaking at times. While parts of the 20 minute action sequence at the end go overboard with the synthesizers (as this represents not only the low point in the film, but the low point in music), the score is surprisingly effective, and even stunning.

There's a masterpiece somewhere in Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. Somewhere, there's a beautiful and perfect film trapped in it's heart. Unfortunately, only some the majesty this film tries to produce is executed, leaving a flawed and utterly improbable film in it's place. But for all I dislike about this film, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva still provides a mostly entertaining story, with an ending that's better than it has any right to be.
October 30, 2012
Adorable. I mean, it's a freakin' Professor Layton can only be as good as a Professor Layton movie can be. But still, it brings all the charm and quirkiness of the games and puts it on the screen.
September 30, 2012
slow and plodding. Many kids would be bored.
September 26, 2012
The animation is pleasing to the eyes and matches the cutscenes from the video games. It has an enticing story and memorable music.
September 19, 2012
Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva marks the first truly great film to come out of a video game property. Blending charming characters, well scripted and voiced dialogue in both the subbed and dubbed versions, a rip-roaring sense of adventure, and just enough nods to the fanbase that will fly right over the uninitiated, The Eternal Diva is a fantastic little film that's great for the whole family.

Featuring swordfights, chases, and mind-testing puzzles, Layton and his apprentice Luke find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where the winner will earn eternal life. Somehow, everything is connected to an ancient myth surrounding a long-forgotten civilization.

Needless to say, it's a hoot watching our archaeologist and puzzle solver match wits and solve the enigmatic game master's puzzles along the way to the finish. The only issue is that the CG effects are overused and don't look particularly good. Highly recommended.

½ September 5, 2012
Professor Layton is the ultimate gentlemen, which makes him instantly interesting and intensely engrossing. The video games have enjoyed a huge success, thanks in part to the wonderful production values. Naturally the next step would be to make this film, set before any event seen in the series thus far. Layton must solve the mystery of this enigmatic opera house he's been whisked away to. Which ever way you watch it, sub or dub, it is a high quality experience. Top notch animations and a colorful cast of supporting characters help Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva stay strong to the finish. And don't fret if you're not into the games. This does serve as an excellent jumping on point or a nice standalone film all by itself.
July 9, 2012
Professor Layton is a video game masterpiece that I only discovered recently. When I heard there was a movie, I thought it would just be another lackluster waste of time to add to the collection. My hopes were raised though when i found out it was an anime, and was done by the same people that did the cutscenes in the game. I had to do some searching in order to find it, but it was well worth it. I thought the movie would be mostly about solving puzzles like in the games, but is actually more like the mystery subplots. It has the art style you would expect from on of the games, and the animation and music are well done. The movie can even be sad and touching at times, and adds to the movies appeal. Luke, here's my answer: this one's a keeper.
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