Ladies and gentleman, let it be known that when it comes to crafting an Ultraman film, there is such a thing as too much action.
Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend clocks in at a trim, 90 minutes in length, with about all but 10 of those minutes being devoted to over-the-top fights and flashy, green-screened eye-candy.
Like most Ultraman and tokusatsu features, Legend’s dialogue consists almost purely of cliches and “isms” of the genre, none of which is spoken at a volume that could be described as anything less than “epic.”
“If we all try our best, anything is possible!”
“Everyone, distract the final monster with your trademark attacks so the brand new, crazy-overpowered guy can go Super Saiyan and land the final blow!”
*Everyone exchanges nods*
*Final monster is killed*
“NOOOO!!!! THIS CAN’T BE! I’M INVINCIBLE!!!!!”
Go ahead, sit down and watch the film with a checklist. If it’s been said before in a kid’s anime, I guarantee you it’s in there somewhere.
Okay, so we’ve established that the film is action-packed, flashy as fuck, poorly written and acted, but what does that all add up to?
Basically, the movie amounts to little more than fanservice, and lights with sound.
Not exactly the best description a movie could hope for, but entertaining in its own right.
While movies like Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen desperately plead for their audience’s attention with scene after scene of unfunny comic relief loosely stringing together scenes of robots fighting, Galaxy Legend takes the road less traveled and delivers an experience virtually devoid of dialogue, comical or otherwise, but is instead packed to the brim with action and fighting.
I’ve heard some people say that the Transformers movies were a let down in the sense that the one thing a movie based on the franchise should’ve been able to promise it’s viewers, was scenes of robots fighting.
Despite this, both films in the series largely dropped the ball in delivering on this promise.
Though Galaxy Legend is not a good film, and is definitely not a whole lot better, if at all, than any of the Transformers movies, I will say this:
The makers deserve a pat on the back for actually delivering on what they promised to give us, even if it wasn’t much.
On the inside cover of the DVD case there is a movie program printed on heavy cardstock.
Inside this program, there is a list of 5 key points that the makers of film outlined as it’s finest acheivements:
(Apologies for mistranslation on my part, my Japanese ain’t so hot)
1. Pitting the Ultra Heroes against 100 monsters.
2. Creating a villain born on the M-78 Nebula, Ultraman Belial.
3. Giving Ultraseven a son, Ultraman Zero.
4. Creating an entry in the Ultra series with state of the art visual effects and “hard” action.
5. Creating a story based exclusively around the Ultra characters and the Land of Light.
Despite the overall quality of the movie being pretty “meh”, the guys at Tsuburaya managed to complete every goal they established for themselves.
Oh yeah, and the effects and fights were easily the finest in franchise history.
Well done gentleman, well done.
Sorry for the late post today, got held up by Iron Man 2 and Mother’s Day stuff!
Stop by tomorrow for a massive, scene-by-scene summary of Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend!