Well, ship here anyway. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva hit stores in Japan last December.
I noticed a link on IGN to a review of the movie, and with great trepidation clicked. I was surprised to see that there were only two real gripes with the film, and one of those is a little unrealistic in my mind. Basically, the review suggests that the only two downsides to the film are an overreliance on CGI, and that the production values aren’t as good as Miyazaki and that sort.
I really didn’t expect the film to be as good as a Miyazaki, so that isn’t a problem for me, though the CGI gripe is something that could really bother me, to be honest. I really can’t stand the modern cartoon industry’s overuse of poor CGI, not when there’s such good CGI out there as well as really great traditional animation. If Pixar has shown us anything, it’s that CGI can be fantastic. The new Ironman cartoon, however, shows us that CGI can be really, really crap.
Apparently there’s even puzzles during the film, and the art style is most of the time very faithful to the series. I have to say, after thoroughly enjoying both of the Layton games that I’ve played on the DS, I’m really looking forward to picking up a copy of the film.
There’s something so… nostalgic and quietly humorous about the series that I think could lend itself to film, if done well, but I do think suits the gaming medium more. The sense of exploration, and being the director of that exploration, is a large part of the fun in these games, so I’m not sure how well that would be done in a film by comparison.
Still, the closing comments state that it’ll put a smile on your face, and really, for a fan of the game and someone who’s aware of how terribly game to film crossovers are, that’s a nice assurance.