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

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

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½ March 18, 2012
I've never played any of the video games, but the story is enjoyable and the characters are pretty interesting. Decent animation, nothing spectacular.
½ February 11, 2012
It was truly beautiful! It was the perfect marriage of CGI and Hand Drawn Animation. With a beautiful plot, wonderful characters and wonderful voice cast. Totally unexpected from a Videogame inspired movie, its a shame it didn't make it to american theaters, but at least its here!
February 7, 2012
In one word, Charming. This is one of the most clever animated films I've seen in quite some time. The animation is beautiful and the story is well-constructed. I haven't played any of the Professor Layton video games but, seeing, this, I already love the main characters.
January 4, 2012
Great movie, with a great game series behind it!
December 18, 2011
Interesting plot with great acting by famous VA's (Japanese version) and unique art style. Faithful to the Layton games. Recommended to fans and generally anyone interested in animated movies.
December 7, 2011
I love the games and this movie did make fun nods to it. The plot was fun, a little different than the others, but it was still ok. I was hoping it would be a little better, but still worth the watch.
December 2, 2011
Hands down the best video game-based film yet made. A charming story and familiar aesthetic keeps this film lovingly close to its source material, producing an experience that is exactly what one would want from a full-length Professor Layton film. If you loved the games, this film is exactly what you would envision it being.
½ November 14, 2011
This movie looks pretty cool. It is so cool how it incorporates the puzzles and music from the games well. And the story keeps you thinking. It does have some stupid stuff in it, but overall it is pretty good.
November 2, 2011
Surprisingly good video game to film adaptation. If you love the games, you'll probably love this.
Super Reviewer
½ October 22, 2011
A Videogame movie? oh this can't end well... or does it!?

A known fact among gamers and film buffs. is that videogame movies are pretty much dead on arrival. For whatever reason good stories just can't be made out of them. Videogame developer Level-5 made this film based on their characters, can they give their own character justice or will it all be ruined like so many that have tried before.

The animation here is really cute and while not the most amazing, it's hard to watch without even the slightest smile. It's animated exactly like the cutscenes within the game, which will be very comforting for it's fans. As far as Japanese animated films go, it may not be in Miyazaki's standards but it will be nice to just look at an animated film from Japan that has a style different from the norm.

The film's score is very similar to the game which is a lot of fun to hear whether one is a fan or not. The only problem in this is what is not from the game will sound a bit boring and more forgettable. This film still uses a good amount of the game's music to move along though, which is more than most videogame films can say.

Leading the film is voice actor Christopher Robin Miller (who also voices the character in the game) as Professor Hershel Layton, an avid puzzle solver from London, who is so good he's often put in a situation where he comes off as a detective (though he claims he's not, he just is that good at solving puzzles); what's fun about the character is that he's never really fazed all that much, it's almost like his perfect(but not boring) almost like watching an animated MacGyver just a bit more fun for everyone. Sidekick Luke Triton voiced by Maria Darling (same for the games), is Layton's young "Apprentice number one" as Luke refers to himself as, learning how to be a gentleman while becoming a great puzzle solver, he is cheerful and provides relief without being a snarky kid who's to smart for the adults like most family (children) movies today try to do, it really makes him fun to watch as a sidekick. On the other end of assistants comes Emma Tate as Emmy Altava an adult heroine who provides a bit of competition for Luke; she goes off on her own early on to solve a case on kidnapped children, that later goes much deeper with the main plot. Emma Tate also voices Janice, a famed opera singer who requested Layton to assist her in an odd occurrence. The rest of the cast does a fine job, but to go more into them might ruin some of the film's surprises. The opening though contains few tidbits for the fans to enjoy as favorite characters from the games make small cameos including rival Don Paolo, Inspector Chelmey and Flora Reinhold.

Professor Layton has solved many cases, but when a deadly game with the prize of Eternal Life comes he must solve the case before it's all to late. The film provides a fun adventure feel, all while making the audience think about the challenges the characters come across with ( can you figure out whats the oldest thing you can see before they do? or would you have failed so early and meet certain doom) it provides a lot of interest in the mystery of it all. The final act of the film provides multiple plot twists in a single scene, it'd probably leave someone like M. Night dumbfounded, which unlike his most recent films this film has some good and smart twists. The adventure starts and never slows down, always making it fun to see how far these characters will go.

Say what you will for other videogame films but "Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva" is a must watch not only for gamers, not only for animation fans, not only for mystery fans, but everyone.
October 17, 2011
Some clever & interesting puzzles, i wish there were more. The story bizarre as usual but at times rather childish. Too bad, it was decided children should be part of their target audience. After a serious setback of watching a few rotten movies in a row, this is refreshment we all need !
September 24, 2011
A prefect example of how video game movies should be.
½ August 13, 2011
A brilliant film. I really like the Professor Layton series, and this film was JUST as good as the games. The film is a bit dull to re-watch though.
August 7, 2011
A well told story, wonderful animation, and very conectible characters, this is a videogame based movie that other videogame movies should follow in suit with.
August 5, 2011
The polar opposite of the Super Mario Bros. movie. A video game film that respects the source material, has simple but beautiful animation, charming voice over, wonderful music, and a well written story.
½ August 3, 2011
..Kept close to the gameplay in terms of puzzles and mysteries presented and music played, decent story, its basically like the game except you don't need to solve the puzzle yourself and much shorter..
August 3, 2011
A pleasant,charming adaption of the wonderful puzzle games. I did lose interest towards the end, but overall it was very enjoyable.
August 1, 2011
Good movie, if you like the games you'll like the movie.
July 10, 2011
;) @Vicente Villegas
July 5, 2011
It was a charming film. The only nitpick I have with it is...they wrote the story like as if they were writing for the video games. But, yeah, not a big deal.
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