Movie Review - Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist

February 20, 2018

 The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, much like the anime and manga, follows the story of two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. Ed and Al want to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life. To do so the brothers seek the Philosopher's Stone. During their adventure Edward and Alphonse uncover secrets and how far others are willing to go to keep them hidden. 

The Netflix original live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie is full of action and story, there wasn't a point where I was bored or wished the movie would go at a faster pace.  The fight scenes can be hit or miss, some of them were lacking the epic alchemy battles that are shown within the anime. 


There is no way you can compare this to the anime with sixty-four episodes of content. There isn't a way to fit all characters and story lines into this two hour movie. Several of my favorites from the anime series were missing , such as Armstrong! Gaming Mommies watch Anime admin will be happy that his favorites, Nina and Alexander, are in this movie (haha, Tim). While huge story arcs and characters were missing from the movie, it doesn't feel like the movie was lacking necessary characters.


The movie was good in its own right; it was very condensed in the terms of the whole story. It briefly touched on Ed and Al's adventures and the struggles they endured. There is much more to the story than what is portrayed in the film, which is to be expected when downsizing from a series to a movie. You can also watch the Fullmetal Alchemist, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix





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