With a succesful franchise you usually get a bunch of very loyal fans. That means that no matter what is brought out, the fans will go out to see it, buy it, read it, etc. That must have been what was going through the minds of the creators of the live action adaptation of Attack on Titan. For those of you who have never heard of it, (seriously where have you been hiding all this time), Attack on Titan is a hugely succesful Manga series. It has spawned an equally popular Anime series, that has a very loyal following, and where everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of the second season. Last year, the next (logical) step was introduced: two live action movies based on this incredible franchise. And ofcourse, the fans flocked to the cinema, to see how their beloved series was brought to the big screen.
It has been 100 years since humanity was forced in exile because of the huge Titans, that almost wiped out the human race. Now living behind massive walls that have been build as a defence against these monstrosities, the last remnants of mankind live out their days in peace. A peace that is shattered when the Titans finally reappear and breach the walls. A young man called Eren is caught up in the chaos that ensues, and tries to escape together with his friend Mikasa. The two become seperated however, when the Titans attack and begin to devour the terrified population. Two years later, Eren is now part of the team that has been tasked with a dangerous mission: to plug the hole that was made in the Outer Wall. A mission that seems almost impossible to complete. Will Eren and his team succeed, or will this be the twilight of humankind?
This movie has received some very bad reviews and I can see where they are coming from. The biggest complaint is that this adaptation pretty much changes all the existing relationships between the characters. Everything is turned totally upside down and taken in a completely different direction. Now if you are a hardcore fan, I can understand how this would upset you. I love the Attack on Titan animeseries, and it is definitely in my personal top five of all time greats. As I was already prepared that this film would take things in a different direction, I think this did help me with watching this and getting a bit of enjoyment out of it. Because honestly I kind of did. Now, ofcourse this movie is leagues apart from the animeseries, in fact it doesn’t even come close. But still I did not find it as bad as I was thought to believe. There are some very cool, and scary scenes involving the Titans. Also it had a pretty interesting post apocalyptic feel to it, and the setpieces and vehicles certainly helped with portraying that atmosphere. Now whether or not you will enjoy this film, kind of depends what kind of fan you are. If you can appreciate the fact that they made an effort to take things in a different direction, and don’t expect too much from it, you might want to check it out. If you are a hardcore devotee of all things Titan, than you had better avoid this one.
I give Attack on Titan the Movie: part 1, a 7 out of 10 score.