Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big screen version of the 1970's anime series is a mixed bag. The plot of the film has the team of heroes battling the evil forces of Galactor for control of the earth while dealing withe the fall out of a long ago love triangle involving two of the groups members.
The original animated series was originally released in the US as Battle of the Planets, G-Force or Eagle Riders depending on when you saw it. Its a series that holds a special place in many people's hearts. I was never much of a fan and would only watch an occasional episode.
This big screen version of the film is all over the place. Book-ended by two huge scale action set pieces the middle of the film tries to cram in lots of exposition and intrigue into a limited amount of running time. I'm sure a great deal of it will make sense to fans of the show, but I felt a little lost, and slightly annoyed since it seemed like they were trying to get everything into this one movie.
I'm sure that the film is going to have it's biggest audience in fans of the show who are going to want to see how the film plays out live action. The answer to that is mixed with some of the characters older than their small screen counter parts, the action being heavily infused with obvious CGI and wire work and a density only a fan could love.
I liked it but I didn't love it.