Ace Attorney The Movie
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Story: With the storyline based primarily on the first game in the Ace Attorney series (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney), the series' signature style is combined with a courtroom drama. Rookie defense attorney Phoenix Wright strives to protect his clients in various murder trials, including the death of his mentor, Mia Fey and the accusation of rival prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth. Wright's greatest ally is Mia's younger sister Maya Fey, a spirit medium whose body is possessed by Mia to communicate with him. Wright is later given the task of solving the DL-6 case, a murder that has not been solved for 15 years.
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Let's talk about the things that they changed in this movie. This movie is based on the first game with the movie focusing on case 1-2 and 1-4. 1-1 and 1-3 are easily glossed over in the first five minutes to get the plot going and to establish what the characters are and not capable of. The movie for example plays Phoenix as incompetent in 1-1 with Mia solving the case for Phoenix (then again, she did do the same thing in the game but it wasn't as obvious) while establishing Edgeworth as ruthless with how he handles the 1-3 case (which leaned toward comedy). Right off the bat, you notice obvious differences such as...(there might be some spoilers for those who haven't played the game but going into this movie, chances are you played the game).
1. Mia is working on the case that killed Gregory Edgeworth as a way to clear her mother's name instead of focusing on a different case entirely that included Redd White.
2. Maya looks older but she lacks her bubbly personality from the game. (Then again, this movie is more serious so most of the comedy moments are gone). She's very serious and broken in the movie compared to shrugging it off in the game.
3. Gumshoe is younger and GASP more competent.
4. The murder of Gregory Edgeworth happens in the evidence room instead of the elevator thus Miles does not have his fear of earthquakes. He also hates defense attorneys because he thought his father was trying to destroy evidence rather than thinking that the defense letting a criminal go free.
5. The Spirit Channeling comes off as more creepy than in the actual game. When it happens, only Phoenix can see Mia which now makes it seem like he's hallucinating (to be fair, this works better given how the game works on the logic that they do and don't acknowledge spirit channeling).
6. Von Karma actually isn't as cruel as he is in the game. His constant harassment of Phoenix in the game is pretty much absent as when he does complain, they are legit complaints instead of him being a jerk (and because of that the judge isn't abused either).
7. Redd White isn't as fabulous and fills the role for April May for "witnessing" the murder of Mia Fey and has some Mike Meekins persona when he starts flipping out on the stand.
With this in mind, the movie is VERY faithful to the game. The guy who plays Phoenix NAILS his character down. I also give props to the guy who plays Larry. Larry fills the role of the comedy relief when Maya fails to do that and he does it VERY well. Combined with Phoenix's nervous wreck on the stand, it's a hilarious dynamic. My particular favorite scene is Larry throwing something at Redd White and not being kicked out of the court room because of it. It's very enjoyable despite some of these major changes but as a result, the movie can stand alone and you can get enough laughs and tears from it. I definitely recommend the movie to any Ace Attorney fan.
If I could rate on a half star system, it would be 4.5 out of 5 (or 90 out of 100 because I was enjoying this movie with a friend).