The Great Pretender anime was…fairly good. When I watched the unique anime on Netflix in 2020, I assumed it was a enjoyable, stand-out present with a likable forged of characters, a definite type, and a beautiful soundtrack. A Robin Hoodish heist sequence will all the time be enjoyable with tight writing and interesting dialogue, however it additionally ran the chance of being too grandiose for its personal good. I feel the sequence suffered a bit of bit throughout its closing arc, hitting some extent the place issues acquired so ludicrous to the purpose of snapping the tethers that suspended my disbelief. I say this as a result of your enjoyment of this film will largely depend upon the way you felt in the direction of that closing arc of the sequence, because it suffers most of the identical weaknesses that have been prevalent there.
This plot of Razbliuto is absurd. I’ll give a present or film one likelihood to wink on the digicam about how handy or neatly deliberate out every part is, however when it occurs roughly three to 4 instances all through an hour and a half, I’m going to stroll out of the theater feeling very irritated. The variety of contrivances and coincidental encounters all through this movie is thoughts-boggling to the purpose the place it genuinely destroys any stress the movie has earlier than we even hit the midway level. Part of many heist films is the massive reveal on the finish, how every part ties collectively, or how a giant twist explains how our heroes get out of a sticky state of affairs. However, even in case you think about that trope, if you look again and notice how a lot margin for error was current, it comes off as much less spectacular and extra ridiculous. Razbliuto suffers the identical drawback that the ultimate arc of the sequence had, the place the general plan will get convoluted, and so many ranging components are concerned that it turns into irritating.
Does this make Razbliuto a nasty film? The reply is sure when you think about the style. The abundance of references and easter eggs to different motion and heist films makes the plotting a extra evident problem. However, simply because one thing is unhealthy doesn’t suggest it will possibly’t be entertaining. Every second I scratched my head or palmed my face, I laughed on the dialogue and character interactions. It’s good to know that no matter how the heists themselves go, the character writing stays a shining mark on the franchise, which is doubly spectacular when you think about that the majority of this movie has a wholly new forged.
We have Dorothy from the unique sequence, however we even have newcomers like Jay and Yang, whose brotherly relationship made up the film’s coronary heart. Their animosity in the direction of one another, but profound understanding of how tousled the opposite one is, results in a novel dynamic. There is a line within the film about how issues generally change when you will have identified any individual for a very long time. I respect the symbolism between their relationship and strolling round with a literal amnesiac who cannot bear in mind her connections to different folks.
The dialogue is punchy, the character actions are principally plausible, and I like the place all people finally ends up on the finish. I simply do not like how we get there. With a a lot better plot construction, we may’ve had an amazing film that may’ve stood completely alongside a number of the finest arcs of the unique sequence. Maybe that would’ve made issues higher if the movie was structured and introduced extra like an precise movie and fewer like a handful of episodes strung collectively. That’s the opposite factor that bothered me; it did not really feel like I used to be watching a film. Even little title playing cards are introduced up each twenty minutes as if to suggest that the episode is damaged into a number of acts. Still, they really feel like intro playing cards to a different episode that auto-play after the final one completed.
This additionally pertains to the movie’s visuals, which do not look that rather more spectacular than a number of the higher-trying episodes of the sequence. It helps that Great Pretender was a beautiful-trying present with a definite type. The characters are superbly expressive, with varied little touches scattered about that assist them keep prevalent, from painted nails to particular piercings. Dorothy might be one of the vital distinct and gorgeously drawn Black ladies I’ve seen in anime. The backgrounds are additionally gorgeous and colourful, with an array of various tones that assist maintain the senses stimulated.
I want I acquired to listen to extra of the soundtrack. Great Pretender all the time had a really different soundtrack that pulled from varied sources and inspirations to replicate most of the totally different cultures and nationalities showcased within the sequence. While Razbliuto is not precisely a large globe trotter, that musical selection nonetheless matches the scenes quite properly. Insert songs have been additionally an amazing hear; we simply barely get an opportunity to listen to them due to how sporadically they’re unfold all through the movie and the way quick they play.
In case you could not inform by my deflated tone all through this overview, I needed to love this “film” extra. It has some nice character interactions, is humorous, and has potential for what may come subsequent if one other installment is on the way in which. However, I really feel like this movie additionally showcases a number of the bigger points the sequence suffered from; they’re simply extra obviously obvious as a result of the movie has these points whereas additionally attempting to current itself as one thing it is not. If you really liked Great Pretender when it completed, then I feel there is likely to be simply sufficient right here so that you can discover enjoyment, however in case you have been somebody who was already testing by the point the sequence wrapped up (or perhaps you do not even actually bear in mind a lot of the sequence), then I do not assume you are lacking an entire lot by skipping out on this one.