Harlock: Space Pirate

2013

Action / Adventure / Animation / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 10350

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Reviewed by razoredge-34061 2 / 10

A rather disappointing movie that proves that CGI cannot cover a bad story

***Spoiler Alerts***

The first thing you will likely notice about this movie is the absolutely GORGEOUS animation. And well, that's about all you'll see. I've not watched a lot of Matsumoto's work, but I'e read enough to know this isn't the true backstory for some of the main characters. In general they tried to make a series from the 80's that could very well take weeks of binge reading and cut it down to about 2 hours. Which will not cut it. If you are already investing some $300 million on a movie, it means you have enough money to make a 3-4 parter. Because that's how long it would take to inform the average Joe of everything that's going on in the universe. Because aside from that, nothing would be memorable. If i hadn't read or seen some of the manga or anime beforehand, I would think that this started out as Star Wars in the beginning and throughout, combined with Halo 2, with Final Fantasy, and combined with Cowboy Bebop. Here's the story for you poor confused souls, 1) Big war happened because of too many births. Apparently they found this out when the human population reached 500+ billion. 2) Resentful from the way he was treated and cast away from home, Captain Harlock uses the power of the dark matter, basically super nukes made from the alien's essence, and decides to rid the Earth of all life. 3) Ridden to the core in guilt he flies around the galaxy looking for a way to just end all suffering because he royally f*cked the Earth up, so he finds some 100 galaxy sized nukes that was basically like doing an easter egg hunt inside an empty barrel. 4) Kiddo from the basically Star Wars Empire (Here its called the Gaia Coalition) decides to try to make his unappreciative brother happy for a mistake he did as a kid, and plays a saboteur. He becomes attached to a pirate crew (pirate being used loosely because they're only after the big galaxy nukes) and decides, "Imma be a pirate!" and plot twist happens. 5) Plot twist happened and after a small discussion with his older brother, he decides after having a flashback of an accident that happened when he was like 8-10 years old and only wanting to do his mom proud that he will finish what started. Plot twist happens again. 6) After this plot twist he finds himself unable to kill the captain so he decides to take a stroll on Earth, somehow still inhabitable by one person because a patch of flowers are still alive, but don't worry about the ash and debris or smoke filling you up, and picks some flowers while an interstellar war is going on. This i guess was a way to show the captain life still lives, but life adapts. It doesn't mean that that flower is a symbol that the Earth is safe again. 7) So after the heart-felt moment between Captain Harlock and his flower, we decide its time to take back the ship. Well that goes about as awfully as they could've planned, as the entire Coalitions fleet is there, and they got a toy still functioning after one use in 100 years. Looks like an exact replica of a Halo (video game) ring. And it fires what appears to be the Death Star on meth. And it misses the Earth AND the Arcadia (The ship). Threads that tiny space needle. But if the ship auto repairs why do they ever fear it being completely destroyed? In fact the original pirates of the Arcadia were fearless freedom fighters that often mindlessly obeyed Harlocks orders. But they cowered time after time in some really basic concepts of being rebels. Fighting the government. If you made it to the end of this movie still wondering what happened, you weren't alone. The movie made an impression like it was Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl, if it was in Will Turner's POV the whole time, whereas it mentions very little about Captain Harlock, his crew, or even the main kiddo here that cant decide which side to be on. The movie failed to even deliver to me memorable names, because aside from Harlock,I hardly remember any of them. It was space fight, go find the big bomb detonator that for some reason is in plain sight, another space fight except a little less action, and then finish with the kiddo becoming the captain even though the original came back to life from the powers that be. Overall a very boring and time consuming experience, but worth a watch to allow all these greedy game devs or 3D animation studios that top quality graphics can NOT cover a crap story. Because I remember the manga in the 80's featured a lot more depth. This is like the shadow of the real story. If that much.

Reviewed by goodkinginc 10 / 10

Wonderful Film

I never watched the TV show or read the cartoon but I really enjoyed this. Maybe it's because I had no source material to go by. I loved the CGI. I don't understand all the negative reviews beyond the fact this it's probably due to people who are diehard fans feeling let down. The look of the film in great and I liked the story.

Reviewed by sylvan_66 8 / 10

Albator, of my youth.

The year is 2017, I've just finished watching Harlock's end-credits, and I recall watching televised episodes of Capitaine Albator in the far gone days of my youth thinking that by the 2010's space travel would hopefully be as ubiquitous and spaceships as slickly designed and cool as the blue-plated 'Arcadia' or 'Atlantis' as the French aptly dubbed her (she's a girl btw, as all pirate ships are!).

I now realize that I will never fly in space, not even in a leaky pod, let alone in a Yamato-style battleship with a death's-head ramming headpiece and clouds of dark-matter billowing behind during interstellar jumps or defensive maneuvers. Yet this film exactly recreated this action in such a phenomenal way, that I will not need to. There is the core concept of a classic space opera, in a few lines. Story and character-wise, there are strong resemblances to the pirate-heroes of old, such that I will forgive the sketchy story- line and the less-than developed personalities. There was certainly enough movie-time here, and I would have been inclined to flesh out & not diverge too much from the crew of the original series, but hopefully after a masterpiece of space artistry such as this, more will come in the near future. After all, the Japanese are well known for not sticking too closely to a particular story-line, so if captain Harlock is broodingly awaiting to be called back to action, I would urge him to polish his boots and feed the bird. Time flies, and we eagerly await!

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