For the Emperor! And… Thou Shall Know No Fear!
Movie time over, let’s chat about the movie, Ultramarines The Movie. First, at the end of the movie, I did not stand up and shout “For The Emperor!” I did not seem to have the same feeling and inspiration as compared to watching the Dawn of War trailer. The impact factor seems to be missing, the wow and inspirational feel also seems to be missing. The movie did not have the “Emperor” level of hype I was hoping for.
The animation. Well, There are much better superior animation out there, this one I would say its only average. The smoothness of the animation is slightly less then smooth I would say. Some of the motion does not seems smooth and signs of slight jerk can be observe. The background and backdrop I thought can be much more detailed and more expressive. The desert waste land have too much mist, dust and sand… haha.
The storyline written by Dan Abnett, I guess it puts everyone to have a certain level of expectation. I was hoping for a much more “hype and into” kind of story, but the overall story did not wow me much, just probably an average story. The turn of event in the story did caught me though.
The screenplay I think is a bit draggy. Into about 20 min or so of the movie, the Ultramarines are still walking in an uneventful scenario. Even my son watching with me, asked why are they walking so long… haha. Actions only come much later part of the whole movie. The character development seems to focus only on the Ultramarines. Not much character developments for the bad guys, feel like they are just there to be there to be shot without knowing much about them…haha.
On the good side, I think the movie did a very good visual representation of the Ultramarines and the weapons of the 40k universe. The Thunderhawk and Imperial Cruiser were nicely rendered though. One question I ask while watching, there seems to be only those Ultramarines on the giant Imperial Cruiser, no others?
To sum it all, well, the movie did project a very good visual representation of the Warhammer 40k universe, along with the Space Marines and its armoury. I think fans of 40k would love to see the bolters and Space Marines in action. The bonus DVD features the armoury and weapons, characters and such, more for reference, nothing spectacular. For the story, screenplay and animation, there’s much more room for improvement. Probably maybe the Codex Pictures team should learn more from the THQ Dawn of War trailer animation team. Let’s hope future warhammer movies to come would fill us all fans with the hype to serve the Emperor!
Last but no least, the movie itself does not hype up and makes me feel “For The Emperor” and worth it to own a special edition copy, even though I own the special edition one already, haha.
FOR THE EMPEROR!