8th March: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
The professor's first full length feature. The professor and his aprentice, Luke, are invited to an opera, but soon they are kidnapped and forced to solve puzzles in order to stay alive.
Not as dark as my decription makes it out to be. Now this review is plain and simple: If you like the DS games and like watching the movie clips, then you will enjoy this movie, if you didn't like those clips, or have never played the game, you won't like this movie.
The original voice actors all return for the main roles are are really good, as per the game, however i thought the supporting cast and new characters all sounded like americans putting on bad british accents (not as bad as Kevin Smith in his podcasts). The animation comes in hits and misses. The 2D animation is fantastic. It's beautiful to see on a bigger screen than on the DS and is a nice change of pace compared with modern cgi. Which brings me to my second point: the added cgi. When the cgi is mixed in with the 2d, it doesn't look too bad, but when the entire screen is filled with the very cheap cgi, it looks rather naff, which is a shame because the 2d is very good.
Now, obviously there isn't any puzzle solving the way that the games are represented, but there are puzzles galore and its good how the film has worked around the non-interaction and had the characters figure everything out for themselves.
The story all makes sense, so long as i said earlier, you have played the games and its a good watch for a fan.