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The best part of the Professor Layton games are, no doubt, its lavishly animated cutscenes and its gorgeous European-influenced visual style. This movie is the epitome of that. While the puzzles they added were integrated cleverly, they're no match for the genius puzzles of the games. However, that's not the point. This is a movie that will leave you grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole thing, and even a while afterwards. Its production value isn't quite up to the level of Studio Ghibli's famous films, but its charming enough thta you won't care.
The English dub isn't horrible, either! Anime fans know quite a bit about the horrors of dubbing, and let me assure you that this does not fall into that territory. The English dub features the same voices as the video games, and the voice actors show their chops here. There's some solid voice acting in this, which should make fans happy.
If you're a fan of Layton or even mysteries in general, you'll want this movie. Spread it around, tell your friends about it! Send a copy to whoever made the horrible Super Mario Bros movie to show them how it's really done!
This is not only a great video game movie, it's a great moive all around. 9 out of 10.
If you're unfamilier with the Professor Layton series, here's a quick rundown. The Layton video games are basically puzzle games mixed with the adventure game genre. Each game combines a well-written story with hundreds of devious puzzles ranging from math problems to trick questions. How could any of this translate into a film? This is where the games' signature art style comes in. Throughout the games, are cut-scenes that feature beautiful art along with top-notch voice acting. Level 5 obviously saw potential in these cutscenes, so they greenlighted development of this film shortly after the release of the first two games. Unfortunatly, it would take two long years before the film arrived overseas from Japan.
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva stars a professor of archeology named Hershel Layton who is also a mild-mannered and quick-witted tea-loving gentleman.Read more ›
I'll start by saying that P.A. Works, the animation studio responsible for the film, has become one of my favorite animation studios. They've produced a number of animated films and series and have the uncanny ability to change genres and animation styles to meet the needs of any of their animation projects. They've done comedy/action/drama series like "Angel Beats" and "Hanasaku Iroha" and have even done the Horror Genre that is so rare in animation with their series "Another". So it's no surprise that they manage to deliver a movie that plays to one of the Professor Layton franchise's key concepts: it makes you think while entertaining you.
While there is not direct interaction in a film as there would be in a game, the movie still tries to get the viewer involved by presenting evidence and plot twists that keep the viewer guessing. The visuals are very in tune to the Professor Layton series and provide a great backdrop for the mystery that is being unraveled over the course of the film. The music is great, and the english version's voice acting is amazingly well done (no surprise if you have played any of the Layton games). The film is great for any fan of the franchise, but it is equally enjoyable to those new to the series as there are no direct tie-ins to any of the storyline from the Professor Layton Games.
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One of the best movie adaptations of a video game I've ever seen. The Professor Layton game series is one of my favorite franchises anyway, but even someone who has never played... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased this for my 14 year old. She was very happy to receive it. She is a fan.Published 8 months ago by Maryandsyd
I love the music in this film, the little easter eggs are fun to look for,and i am a fan of th gamesPublished 8 months ago by Whitney Greenwood
As an avid Layton fan, I really enjoyed this movie. It had the same things I love about the games minus the puzzles.Published 10 months ago by Amy
Amazing movie with all the art styles of the professor Layton series. Great for any professor Layton fan and great for anyone interested in a unique anime.Published 13 months ago by movie view
Sword fight on a giant robot over ancient ruins. But they leave Flora in London again, so... 9/10
Descole is on point as usual.