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Total Crap: 3.61%

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
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by Greg Muskewitz

4 stars

Apparently the movie-version taken from a popular TV show (popular where? Japan? here?) about futuristic intergalactic bounty hunters, beginning with the end of one assignment, and quickly jumping to the second when a mysterious explosion causes widespread death without notice of any disease, virus, bacteria, but simply foul play.

The plot goes deeper than a regular animated film, perhaps because Japanese anime doesnít feel restricted (at least, not always) to the drawn genre. While one might be able to imagine Atlantis or Treasure Planet as a live-action movie, itís a stretch, and one that isnít crossed by other animated choices such as Ice Age or Finding Nemo. For something like Cowboy Bebop or Hayao Miyazakiís Spirited Away, despite the fact that itís a directorial choice planned long ahead to use animation for the storytelling, there doesnít feel to be a limitation preventing the use of live-action in these movies aside from the assumption that some of the filmís creativity will likely be provided by computer animation. Otherwise, director ShinichirŰ Watanabe deftly constructs the flow and pace of the story (a bit ham-brained, but reaching nonetheless for some credibility that is too much exercise for other movies), the set-up and visual compositions of a scene, and like Miyazaki ó regardless of how much their content differs ó the treatment that the same values are being used to make a live-action film, as well as the components used to make them. The visual eye is not contented to merely sit and watch the action, nor does it feel the need to jump into the middle of it, so the frame of the action is going to be prepared to make the most out of the space, which it does. Aside from typical exaggerations of Japanese animation (the big-breasted bimbo, the overly sang-froid hero, the arsenal, etc.), there are really nice touches along the way like the drive-in Western, replete with wear-and-tear scratches and blotches, an exciting monorail shoot-out, an excellent use of shadows and perspective, and the overall movement and motion of the characters ó with the exception of a rubbery girl named Edward, whose limbs amorphously flap around like string-cheese. (Not to say there arenít cool action sequences, but the animated-animated characters are not being stretched to pandiculation as the humanly animated characters of The Matrix are.) Other complaints: the dialogue gets hokier the further the running-time goes, the love subplot is kooky, and why is it that animated characters donít see the need to change their clothes?


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User Comments

5/12/15 Christian Paulson awesome!! 5 stars
2/27/15 ewoks waste my time 1 stars
12/18/10 bored mom Mediocre, with same stereotypical characters. I'd rather waste my time playing Metal Gear. 3 stars
3/13/09 Stephen Well made, quite easy to follow deserves it's stars! 5 stars
1/17/07 Sam FRICKEN AWESOME 5 stars
5/30/05 Burnt Not even worth watching ... 1 stars
4/19/05 Hack-SAW DAMN STRAIGHT BOI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/03/05 The Sorrow Pure white-kuckled adrenaline action! 5 stars
1/25/05 Graves Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet... Uh, SWEET FILM 5 stars
8/14/04 Archanist 101 The Effile Tower fight scene was electrifying! 5 stars
7/27/04 Pure RAGE... Watannabe is very thoughtful 5 stars
7/25/04 Pure RAGE... Better than the crap Hollywood, *sometimes* makes 5 stars
7/20/04 Cyrus "The Virus" I see this film somewhere between having sex & winning a million bucks! 5 stars
7/14/04 Dual Golden Plated Colt .45's good. 5 stars
7/08/04 "Meth Lab" for Dummies. FUCKIN AWESOME! 5 stars
7/08/04 wildcarde1 Not as good as the series but still amazing 5 stars
7/06/04 hhf Great series and great film 5 stars
6/26/04 "Meth Lab" for Dummies. Any film-maker(s) would be envouis or at least the bit jealous of this! 5 stars
6/01/04 John Poo\\\'s "Arse/Off" Love the cheography and the plot is to die for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/04/04 payandspray soooooooo great 5 stars
4/29/04 Sutherland I agree 5 stars
4/29/04 Mark Louis Baumgart love the cast, love the look, love the story, gotta love the movie 5 stars
4/25/04 PAYNE great film 5 stars
4/17/04 BaztarD_101 i agree 1-! 5 stars
4/07/04 Sig wow 5 stars
4/03/04 The More You Know This is a mega-hit of some already addictive & funkdafied s*_* 5 stars
4/03/04 Brandon Temple I loved it I liked the fights, the shootouts, the Characters I thought the plot was great! 5 stars
3/27/04 Jaricho_451_9mm BANG. CLICK. RELOADED & COCKED... BANG 5 stars
3/26/04 Mars 2071 The rating says it all! 5 stars
3/25/04 pAY dAY Sorry but, you're missinformed... It was a great movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/24/04 pAY dAY This is a timeless classic next to 'The French Connection' & 'Lord of The Rings' 5 stars
3/24/04 Mars 2071 excellent 5 stars
3/23/04 KGB Cool fight scenes. great music. 5 stars
3/23/04 Xile cool 5 stars
3/22/04 Keifer Sutherland_RULZ This is not your typical Sci-Fi/Action/Arthouse film 5 stars
3/22/04 Willam Dafoe_Da_FOE I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW, WHO MADE THIS? 5 stars
3/21/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern Sorry but... I've just watched it again and couldnt help myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern Why can't Hollywood ever make something as good as what the Japenese make? 5 stars
3/19/04 KJAhdkadfka really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. Vincent Volaju is one of the best villians... EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/18/04 ChaIn-Zaw REALLY GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Highly Recomanded...! 5 stars
3/16/04 L33T Master_101 BEST ANIME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/15/04 "Meth Labs" for DUMMIES EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/08/04 Shane Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCKING GOOD~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/25/03 Max Richter Totally Kickass, With awesome music and gunfights!!! 5 stars
8/21/03 Daddy Plaid Only thing holding this anime together was Ed 4 stars
8/13/03 Jim Almost on the level of Akira 5 stars
8/03/03 Shane Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLOODY FUCKING BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/05/03 ND I loved the TV series and I loved the movie even MORE!!!! One of the flawless Anime movies 5 stars
6/19/03 Bebopper Excellent show, fantastic film! 5 stars
6/15/03 Nekura Absolutely loved it, good time, didn't get old at all. Would see it again many times over. 5 stars
6/14/03 The Guy who liked this anime. WATCH. IT. NOW. 5 stars
5/19/03 Lyddie You're on the edge of your seat the entire ride. Totally kicks ass. 5 stars
5/11/03 Kyle Rocked my face, quite frankly. Must-see for otaku. 5 stars
5/03/03 Artist Freak Excellent in so many ways - well paced action, killer art direction and animation, fun. 5 stars
5/02/03 Mark Mills Be carefull watching this, it leads to buying the entire show on DVD. 5 stars
4/23/03 Dan Sama This is possibly the best animation of all TIME!!! 5 stars
4/15/03 teZuKa VERY VERY Good, I just love the action parts 5 stars
4/14/03 Louis Visually stunning, but ran a bit long 4 stars
4/09/03 The Talking Elbow Stupid name, great movie/series... Sully = misinformed 5 stars
4/07/03 Arlene Excellent Movie! A must see for any Bebop Fan!!! 5 stars
4/07/03 Kali Wonderful thriller, filled to overflowing with great music 5 stars
4/07/03 Nik Davila Great movie, funny AND action packed! 5 stars
4/07/03 Bill Lee I thought it was kick ass. 5 stars
4/05/03 me awesome 5 stars
4/05/03 nnnnnnizbeko Saw the sub, pretty damned good, tastey like mushroom cereal 5 stars
4/05/03 Nolen Cowboy Bebop??? GET IT??? 5 stars
4/05/03 Brian awesome film for an awesome series. not perfect, but still good 5 stars
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