June 23, 2012
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
Having not played the Layton games to any great extent myself, I was a little hesitant to invest the time in watching this film. My wife, who is a fan of the Professor Layton games on Nintendo DS was the reason I ended up taking the hour and half to watch this movie. Since my wife isn't much in the way of an anime fan, we often have hard times agreeing on movies to watch together. That being said, we decided to try watching Professor Layton as she knew the series from the game and I was in the mood for watching anime. I have to say that this was a great film to watch.
To begin with, the art work and CG was phenomenal. The picture quality was crisp and very vibrant to say the least. There was an excellent contrast between cell animation and CG integration into the scenes. The visuals were so rich that I often found it hard to take my eyes off the screen. This film also boasts an excellent soundtrack, that fans of the game will find very reminiscent at times. Between the use of colour and the audio, the tones and themes that the writers were intending to express became very clear.
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva has a simple yet entertaining storyline, in the Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke Triton are trying to solve the mystery of eternal life and Ambrosia. The cast of characters is memorable and unique, leaving much in the way of entertainment. In the English dub version, the voice overs were for once quite fitting and didn't detract from the overall quality of the film.
Overall, this is definitely a film worth checking out for fans of the series or those who may be interested in diving into the world of Professor Layton. This film delivers on all elements from art, to soundtrack, to story, and won't disappoint. For those who enjoy films such as Detective Conan or Lupin III, this is sure to keep you entertained.