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Just remaking these poll because some people said some things that are very good things to put on this meme - what kind of horror movie monster scares you the most out of these? :evillaugh: 

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Okay then, everybody - my next review will be the continuation of a story that started nearly 140 reviews ago :wow: - Rio 2. :w00t: Any thoughts to donate? :) 

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Which of these Duckyworth's Thoughts reviews (131 - 140) would you say is your favourite, based on what I had to say and how I said it? :aww: 

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Watership Down - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Rio - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Return to Oz - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Rock and Rule - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Dead Space Downfall - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Nosferatu (1922) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Blair Witch Project - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Evil Dead - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Army of Darkness - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
An American Werewolf In London - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Ginger Snaps - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Dog Soldiers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Haunting (1963) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
THEM! - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Frankenweenie (2012) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Theatre of Blood - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Clockwork Orange - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Vuk The Little Fox - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Kis Vuk-A Fox's Tale - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Room - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Felidae - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
9 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Plague Dogs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Skyfall - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Flight Before Christmas -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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It's A Wonderful Life - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Lord of the Rings - Return of the King - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Secret of NIMH - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pippi Longstocking (1997) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Top Cat (2011) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Wild - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Pee Wee's Big Adventure - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Robocop - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Princess Mononoke - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Quest For Camelot - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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FernGully - The Last Rainforest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Where The Wild Things Are - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pan's Labyrinth - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Twilight - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Help! I'm A Fish - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Corpse Bride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Tron - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Cool World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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The Secret of Kells - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Titan A.E. - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Cat In The Hat - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Reef - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Balto - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 2000: The Power of One - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 3: Entei - Spell of the Unown - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Heroes - Latios and Latias - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Jirachi Wishmaker - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Destiny Deoxys - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pokémon Lucario and The Mystery of Mew - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - The Rise of Darkrai - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pokémon - Giratina and the Sky Warrior - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Arceus and the Jewel of Life - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - Zoroark Master of Illusions - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Black - Victini and Reshiram - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Brave - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Valiant - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rise of the Guardians - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole (BAD FILM) REVISITED - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Dark Crystal - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Basil the Great Mouse Detective - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Killer Klowns From Outer Space - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Stan Helsing - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Splice - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Nosferatu (1979) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Something Wicked This Way Comes -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Frighteners - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
ThanksKilling 3 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Little Brother Big Trouble - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Gremlins - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Elf - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Elf That Rescued Christmas - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Polar Express - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Christmas Carol (Mickey, Muppets and Jim Carrey versions) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Oz The Great and Powerful - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Black Hole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Brother Bear - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Oliver and Company - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Atlantis The Lost Empire - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Treasure Planet - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Bio-Dome - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Artist - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Alpha and Omega - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Return of Jafar - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Aladdin and the King of Thieves - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Belle's Magical World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pocahontas 2: Journey To a New World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 1 1/2 Hakuna Mattata - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Tigger Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Bambi 2 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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DT: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva ~ 2009

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 28, 2014, 12:30 PM
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  • Drinking: Hot Chocolate


:sherlock: Good day to you, my friends – I do deduce that it is time for my next Duckyworth’s Thoughts review…

No... don’t worry, I won’t be typing like that throughout the whole thing, but I just think this kind of intro would be suited for the film I’m reviewing today. :D Today’s film is one of my new favourite films, and it’s also one of the best, if not THE best video game based films that I have ever seen…

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva! :iconprofessor-layton:

 

This film is based on the bestselling games made by Level 5, which are… coincidentally enough called Professor Layton :XD:. The games are a great medley of great characters, mind-boggling puzzles, brilliant stories, and some real legitimate drama and heartfelt moments… and even heart WRENCHING moments at times… :o I started playing the games this summer, a few months ago, out of curiosity after watching a Let’s Play of it on Youtube…. And needless to say, I fell in love with the series. The only game I have yet to play is Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, but I have high hopes considering how good the rest of the games are. True, some puzzles almost made me pull my hair out in anger, ESPECIALLY when I was playing Spectre’s Call ^^;, but it’s a mixture of frustration and excitement – I enjoyed the game enough to try again and again even when the puzzles were making me come to end of my rope… :XD: And of course, it figures that a game series this popular would have a film spin off based on it. And… another good thing about reviewing this film is that it’s the first anime film I’ve reviewed since my Pokemon Summer reviews….. Unless you count my Ginga Nagareboshi Gin show reviews, of course. :) And also, there’s one FINAL great thing about this film I have to address – it’s a much BETTER adaptation than that festering pile of owl pellets Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole… :phew: Because it doesn’t dumb down anything, throw in extraneous rubbish, spit in the face of the fans of the original, derail characters, throw impressive CGI animation at the cost of actual substance, have those annoying constant uses of slow-mo, or anger me in the slightest….. :phew:

So, how does Professor Layton’s first film adventure hold up? Well… a true gentlemen leaves no puzzle unsolved, so let’s get to solving why I like this film so much. :D

 

For those of you who haven’t played any of the Professor Layton games – don’t worry. One thing I love about this film is that, unlike some OTHER adaptations I’ve heard of, like Uwe Boll’s films, is that it introduces the series and characters BRILLIANTLY for newcomers. I am perfectly confident that if I saw this film BEFORE I played Professor Layton and the Curious Village, I wouldn’t be at a disadvantage. After an introduction from Luke about the first four games in the series, the camera cuts to the perfect beginning for a Professor Layton film – Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke Triton solving a puzzle. Truly Laytonesque…. :Sherlock:

Inside Big Ben, Professor Hershel Layton and Luke, have been caught up in a puzzle about a letter they received that would threaten that Big Ben’s bell would be silenced… but rather than the bell itself that vanished, it was it’s sound…. And best of all, THIS bell silencing does NOT have anything to do with THIS guy here -> :iconicouldkissmeplz: The way that they get out would not be out of place in any Professor Layton game – the letter says that the answer would be clear when the planets and stars align – and they take some planet and star shaped cogs from the floor, and place it in a strange mixture between a door and a mechanism device to get Big Ben starting again. That reminds me of that puzzle in Spectre’s Call where the tears from the prince and princess have to be rearranged into a heart. :D Soon, Layton and Luke stand before the police (with Inspector Chelmey and Barton standing by) and Layton’s other apprentice, Flora. In one of his trademark finger points, Layton points to the true suspect…. An old man, who happens to be the self-proclaimed arch-nemesis of Professor Layton – a man who, in my opinion, looks a LOT like those classic black and white picture villains (the ones with the top hat and moustache :lol: ), Don Paulo. They chase the villain down… and… Flora gets left behind… Yeah, one problem I have with the second and third game of the series is that Flora just… gets left in the dust quite a bit of the time… ^^;

But not to worry, maybe I’m just nitpicking a bit here… Anyway, Professor Layton is also an archaeologist, puzzle solver, university lecturer (I wish he lectured at my university :XD: ) and true gentleman. I jolly well say… :iconbritishplz: Another thing about Professor Layton that I need to point out – he has one of the coolest top hats I have ever seen. Makes me wonder whether Archibald Snatcher from The Boxtrolls would be jealous….. :lol: And Luke Triton is introduced for newcomers too – Professor Layton’s apprentice, letter collector, tea maker (ooh, yes, that’s put me in the mood for a cup of tea, actually…. Be right back… *puts the kettle on and makes a cup of tea* :iconteaplz: ), cleaner, gardener and….. an Eliza Thornberry-esque trait, a boy who can talk to animals. :meow: By the way, just a little side note, this little montage showing Layton and Luke in London not only shows the great animation that, to be honest, I think could rival STUDIO GHIBLI :clap:, but makes me laugh when I see them waiting for the bus in winter…. WHAT is up with Layton’s coat?! :XD: Also, I know it’s early on in the review for me to come to a conclusion about something in a film – but I have to here – THE MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL. :love: Seriously, listen to the music that plays in this introduction, and tell me you don’t hear nothing but awesomeness… :clap:

Another thing I’ll say here is – THANK HEAVEN for the voice actress who plays Luke Triton. His voice in the UK version is MUCH better than that cracking voice going through puberty that they chose in the US version…. :phew: Luke sounds MUCH more like the age he’s supposed to, and the voice sounds more endearing, too. Also, I love the placement of Luke pretending to be Professor Layton doing his classic ‘And that person is YOU!’ finger pointing to a culprit that he does throughout the series, like the one he did to Don Paulo earlier. As well as being pretty sweet, I find it a nice little placement – as it can show to newcomers that this is one of Professor Layton’s trademarks throughout the series. It’s like that awesome finger point Phoenix Wright does whenever he yells –

:iconobjectionplz::iconsaysplz:OBJECTION!

Speaking of endearing sounds, Layton comes in, and asks Luke if he remembers a song he’s playing on the record player. Luke looks at the record case – and has a flashback to three years earlier to the case that this film focuses on. Yes, so this film is actually like a film version of that trope Episode Flashback – Luke remembers the opera singer, Janis Quatlane. She used to be a student of Professor Layton, before becoming an opera singer. She gave Layton and Luke some tickets to her latest opera… and a letter that would lead them on the most complex case yet…. :iconwoooplz: By the way, people who have played Professor Layton, look at the background here when Luke and Layton look at the tickets – you can see Mr Beluga from Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box walking by. There are quite a few ‘guest stars’ in this film, and I’ll point them out as we go along. ;)

The opera takes place the opera theatre known as the Crown Petone, and…. I’m suddenly getting some odd flashbacks – one, to when I went to see Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End last, and two, to when I saw Arceus and the Jewel of Life for the first time (the clothes the actors in the opera wear remind me a lot of it). Anyway – the camera shows a very cool instrument that looks like a mesh of instruments all thrown together, but in a GOOD way (did the Boxtrolls create it?  It wouldn’t surprise me :XD: ), the organ player, who has sideburns that look like musical notes :lol:, and a photo of a young lady. Remember her, she’s going to be important later. :evileye: Sitting in the front row, Professor Layton tells Luke about the instrument playing – it’s called the Detragan, and it allows one musician to play music as beautiful as that as a whole orchestra. :aww:

Now the film goes Memento on us and shifts to before the opera. But don’t worry, it doesn’t get confusing at all. :aww: Janis, in her letter to Layton and Luke, says that (while Stachenfarsen walks by :XD: ) Melina Whistler, a friend of hers, passed away the year before, but she apparently spoke to her in the body of a seven year old girl, saying that she has been given the gift of eternal life. Also, in the café that Janis talks to Melina in, Granny Riddleton is there – you can see her witch’s hat very plainly. :D The scene then moves to Layton’s car, the Laytonmobile :XD:, driving through the beautiful British countryside. Another thing I give the series credit for is that it has a very British feel to it – and of course, being British myself, that’s a little touch I enjoy. :) Layton, Luke and Layton’s second apprentice back then - oh my, this is going to get complicated unless I explain - sorry for confusion… let me make it a bit clearer for those of you who are just coming in. In the games that were set chronologically further on (Curious Village, Pandora’s Box), Layton’s assistants were Luke and Flora. In the games set years before those (Spectre’s Call, Miracle Mask, Azran Legacy), his assistants were Luke and Emmy. Hopefully that clears it up – but I may have made it more complicated than the film does.

Okay, so Emmy Altava reminds me a lot of those badass leading ladies in Studio Ghibli films (you know, like Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Sophie Hatter and… well, Kikki may be weird, but she was still awesome :XD: ), only… British. :XD: Speaking of leading ladies in Studio Ghibli films, she shows some similarities to Sosuke’s mom in Ponyo with, to be honest, HER BLOOMIN’ CRAZY DRIVING!! :ohnoes: Yeah, I’m serious – no matter what vehicle Emmy is in control of in this film (I think she was better on her scooter than a car or biplane, personally ^^; ), her driving is downright insane… When Layton talks about the girl talking about eternal life having a possible link to the opera they’ve been invited to, Emmy says ‘then let’s hurry’, and puts the pedal to the metal… narrowly missing the kerb and other cars…. I like how even with Luke being thrown about in the back, Layton somehow manages to keep his composure, and just has to straighten up his hat that’s a bit askew. Yeah, women REALLY make safer drivers alright…. ^^; *gets booed by the female readers of this review :boo: * Hey, hey, no offence to YOU reading this of course – hopefully none of you go Grand Theft EMMY down country roads. :lol: By the way, Luke and Emmy are constantly arguing throughout the games for whom is Layton’s apprentice number one. While I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a… tad annoyed by Emmy in this scene, I’ve seen much, MUCH worse… For example, Maya Fey from the Phoenix Wright series. :nuu: Anyway, Emmy tells the Professor that there are more than one instances of girls talking about eternal life – with the correct connections and enough money, apparently, you can but eternal life. Funny thing – the title for the opera Janis is starring is in called The Eternal Kingdom. Written by Oswald Whistler, the creator of the Detragan, and Melina’s father, he wrote the opera in dedication to his daughter, and collaborated with Dr Schrader, Layton’s mentor. The Eternal Kingdom is based on the kingdom of Ambrosia, and Dr Schrader, being an archaeologist, was an ideal collaborator for the opera based on this ancient kingdom. Little is known about Ambrosia, save for the legend that the opera is based on. As they drive past the White Cliffs of Dover, they come to the Crown Patone, and – let me say right now, I LOVE the design for this place. :D In fact, a lot of the designs in this film, like with the Professor Layton games themselves, are just such a treat to look at. :D

And speaking of treats – the next part is a treat to the ears. :love: As the opera takes place, and the beautiful music plays in the background, Professor Layton explains the legend of Ambrosia to Luke. In ancient times, the Ambrosian people lived under their beloved Queen (YAY, something that has it be a QUEEN who is the ruler of a nation and not a princess – THANK you, Professor Layton! :D ), who sadly grew gravely ill one day… and died as soon as a cure was found – the elixir of eternal life. The Ambrosian people drank the elixir themselves, so they could wait for their queen to return to them…. And is said that the kingdom is still out there somewhere, waiting for their queen to return.

The opera ends… but Layton and Luke are the only ones clapping…. Until a man appears on stage, and announces that the audience will now play a game to earn what they were really after – the gift of eternal life. Wow, even if I knew that a gift for eternal life was offered, I would have still clapped for the opera, personally. :hmm: Anyway, when I first saw this film, I thought the movements of the man onstage was a bit uncanny – reminding me of that scene in Fievel Goes West where Cat R. Waul uses the puppet to fool the mice into coming to Green River… However, it turns out that the LOSERS of this game will apparently be KILLED in the process. :ohnoes: Damn. Luckily, as we see later, this is not quite the case – I’m imagining that the orchestrator of this game used this to scare people into continuing playing…. For reasons that I will reveal soon. :evileye: As Layton and Luke rush up to the stage to apprehend the man, a certain police inspector with… copious amounts of chest hair rushes onto the stage. ^^; Yep, it’s Inspector Grosky – I can best describe him as a combination of Bigwig from Watership Down and Kohroku from Princess Mononoke – very athletic and brave, but often rather clumsy as well. :lol: Now, one thing I though Spectre’s Call was… did Grosky ever meet Luke before this point? Did Grosky ever meet Luke before this point? :confused: I mean, considering how hectic the climax of Spectre’s Call was, perhaps Grosky never got a chance to meet Luke in that game.

Anyway, it turns out that my comment on the man acting like Cat R. Waul’s puppet was correct – after a legitimately creepy movement of the man’s hands deflating is seen, it is in fact revealed to be a puppet….. By the way, people who have played the games will probably know whose theme is playing at this bit when the puppet inflates and lifts the helpless Inspector into the air – and the puppet bursts on one of the spiky strands of the now opened roof of the theatre – but I must say right now, this music that plays here is one of my favourite character themes EVER. :headbang: The theatre actually turns out to be a ship, that leaves from the White Cliffs of Dover, towards what a mysterious man over a speaker announces as ‘our journey towards eternal life’. :o And as for swimming away being a possibility… well, let’s just say a huge horde of SHARKS with strange metal nosecaps are blocking the way out. Seriously, what is with those nose caps? It almost looks like someone’s put a clown hat on their noses. :XD:

That little girl from earlier overlooks the sea, saying how she is nearing her home…… and Grosky, who has just climbed aboard (wow, being able to outswim sharks… yep, he’s definitely athletic :D ), hears the little girl singing and goes to where she was standing…. Only for the little girl to appear behind him and PUSH him off the ship! Wow… a little girl tried to throw a police inspector into the path of a group of hungry sharks… The most shocking move from a little girl since The Shining girls… Luckily, Grosky manages to swim away from the sharks… :wow: Oh, and while this is going on – there is, in all honesty, one of the most BEAUTIFUL pieces of music I’ve ever heard. Oswald Whistler overlooks the picture of her daughter, and says he’ll play his music for his daughter, who so loved music…. One of the burners on the Detragan goes out, and he starts playing….. The music sounds almost Phantom of the Opera like. The stage version… not that horrid Joel Schumacher version. :phew: Also, if you’ve read my Ginga Nagareboshi Gin fan comic – you’ll notice that I chose a LOT of music from this film to go along with the comic…. In fact, there will be more things relating to Phantom of the Opera and my Ginga Nagareboshi Gin comics as the review goes on. :evileye: I also really love the way Professor Layton acts gentlemanly towards Janice when they meet up – ‘Is it not the duty of every true gentleman to help a lady in need?’ Yep, that’s truly Laytonesque, right there. :meow:

And speaking of Laytonesque, now we come to the puzzle aspects of the series. :Sherlock: Yes, as well as great animation, story and characters – this film even has the PUZZLE element from the games. The announcer we heard earlier says that the game will now begin – after Janice gives a slightly concerned look about what’s going on…. Remember that. :evileye: The first puzzle is ‘Look for the oldest thing you can see and gather by it.’ Also, I love the little touch that the time limit the players are given is indicated by some music that Professor Layton fans may find familiar….. that’s right, it’s the music that plays when you’re solving a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Lost Future. :D Everyone goes looking around the ship – which is full of antiques…. But, hang on… the announcer said ‘the oldest thing you can SEE’, and seen as the roof for the theatre has been removed… :evileye: Yep, and as Professor Layton states, the answer is the stars in the sky…. Awesomely clever, in my opinion. Just like the puzzles in the games, sometimes, thinking outside the box is required, and there is such a thing as thinking too hard – trust me, there are many puzzles in the games where I ended up being buried in detail and choosing the wrong answer…. ^^; As the time runs out, those in the theatre are allowed to continue… while those around the antiques on the ship are dropped through trapdoors… :o

Now for the next puzzle…. This time, with the puzzle music from Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call playing over it. :D ‘Go to where you can see the largest crown.’ Hundreds of crowns are on the ship, but Luke says that he can figure it out… and remembers that the name of the ship is the Crown Petone… HEY WAIT A MINUTE. :lightbulb: By the way, this one man who is left says that he remembers seeing a large crown in the entrance hall, and most of the people there rush for the entrance hall….. But Professor Layton leads Luke and Janice a different way… OUTSIDE the ship. Where some of the contestants are lowering lifeboats…. And these characters are introduced in the next few scenes – the ship captain is named Curtis O’Donald, the merchant ship captain. And now Luke confronts the man who led most of the other people astray earlier – the man says that ‘the more fools I lead astray, the quicker I can get my hands on eternal life.’ :hmm: Hrrmmmm…. And now, sad to say, I must address one of my PROBLEMS with the film. A MINOR problem, but a problem nonetheless. In the Professor Layton games, the minor characters are, for the most part, pretty likeable. With some…. OBVIOUS exceptions (Bill Hawks from Lost Future, and Chief Levin Jakes from Spectre’s Call)…. But in this film, quite a FEW of the minor characters are, well, to be honest, DOUCHEBAGS. :x I mean, I guess that among people looking for ETERNAL LIFE, some tensions will rise… But still, along with no-one clapping after the opera was finished, some of the minor characters do some rather…. D*ck moves to be honest. :hmm:

Anyway, Janice comes across the little girl, and calls her by name – Nina. But Mr Whistler called her Malina, saying she’s his adopted daughter…. Hrm… suspicious. Also, the little girl says ‘The Professor must not win the game. Please… let us have our wish!’ ……And I agree with Professor Layton here as he looks on in interest at Janice and Nina… very suspicious. Everyone gets on the row boats, to where they can see the biggest crown… Another side character is introduced – a schoolgirl named Amelia. She was invited, as Mr Whistler said he wanted to give a young lady the chance to hear his opera, as he sadly lost his daughter – and has been looking for a very gifted and talented young lady to give this opportunity to hear his music, and Amelia, being a British chess champion, is a worthy candidate. So, it makes sense why a young girl would attend an opera where the gift of ETERNAL LIFE is offered… I can’t imagine she’d be in need of eternal life anytime soon… Layton, Luke, Janice, Nina, Amelia, Whistler and a historian are in one boat, and in the other boat are the ship captain and three other people…. And now the douche from earlier continues to act douche-y, saying that it won’t take long for him to claim the prize. Oh, and now the one lady in the boat says she’ll remain beautiful forever when SHE wins… Yeah, that’s not conceited or anything… :x The large lady in the boat is Annie Dretch, a mystery writer, the lady earlier is named Mrs Raidley, a celebrity, the bearded douche who tricked everyone earlier is named Fredrick Berglund – president of the world Fleet corporation – and the final man in the other boat is named Piers Starbuck – the man with the golden left leg, a football legend. Even though his left leg is now…. STITCHED up. Eww…. :x He says he needs eternal life to regain his strength….

….but enough of them, back to Professor Layton. :phew: Oswald says that Janice’s story that Melina was reborn in the body of Nina is fake – and that he named Nina Melina in honour of his daughter’s memory… and the mysterious man in charge of this game is the one who asked him to compose an opera… and he continued writing music in his daughter’s memory. Just as Luke sees the Crown Petone is indeed the biggest crown. The boats suddenly turn into speedboats and set off to the next part of their journey. And needless to say, the designs are rather cool. :D Grosky, meanwhile, is still outsmarting the sharks, and manages to CLIMB up the side of the Crown Petone on board. :XD: Just as the sharks swim away… and the Crown Petone EXPLODES… And Grosky jumps back into the water, and sees two submarines leave the destroyed ship…. One of them heading further out to sea. Wow… Grosky gets thrown about quite a bit in this film, doesn’t he? :lol:

Back in London (by the way, Spring and Cogg from Lost Future can be seen here if you look closely :D ), Emmy is carrying on her investigation (hopefully she didn’t have any road rage episodes this time :lol: )… and has started interviewing a couple who’s YOUNG DAUGHTER has disappeared…. :wow: Also, the music from Curious Village plays here. :) Back with the Eternal Life game players, the boats arrive at an island. Shifting BACK to London, as a TV with a rather… SPIKY HAIRED composer performs the awesome music that played earlier, Emmy has gone to Dr Schrader for help. By the way, the Pandora’s Box on Dr Schrader’s desk is a nice touch here, as he was trying to open it at the beginning of Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box. :D Emmy asks Dr Scrader about the Ambrosian seal fragment, and now, the TV announces that the submarine heading back to the White Cliffs of Dover have arrived – and on-board were the losers of the Eternal Life game. By the way, Babette from Pandora’s Box can be seen here. :) Seeing what’s going on, Emmy rushes off with a map to Ambrosia with her…. Hopefully, she won’t drive there by car… :phew:

Meanwhile, the boats have arrived at the island, and the historian announces that they have arrived at Ambrosia, seeing the Ambrosian Seal. His name is Marco Brock – and has been making a scrapbook based on Ambrosia…. I can imagine that the true reason that Marco wanted to go on this game was something to do with seeing Ambrosia for himself. :) Oh, and Mrs Raidley says ‘oh great, a history geek.’ UGH. Something about her VOICE in particular makes me cringe a bit…. No offence to the voice actress, but Mrs Raidley’s voice is a bit annoying… :x They then see a rather… to be honest, DELICIOUS looking feast waiting for them. Another thing that reminds me of Studio Ghibli is how DELICIOUS the food in this film looks. :yum: Now, we get another beautiful scene of everyone waiting for the game to continue… everyone on the beach looking around and witnessing the, to be honest, rather beautiful surroundings. :aww: Another funny little touch here is how Professor Layton says that things he finds romantic are puzzles and ruins…. Oh Layton, you geek. :giggle: By the way, what is with those odd white macaroni-esque tubes sticking out of the sea? Luke finds a little seashell, and shows it to Nina, saying that if you put it to your ear, you can hear the sea…. But Nina starts singing a pretty little song that she was singing earlier. A song the sea taught her, apparently. :o

However, this tranquillity can’t last, as…. *hears wolves in the distance* OH WOW. :o WOLVES?! And best of all, these aren’t wolves as pathetic as those in Alpha and Omega – these are BALTO level cool. :clap: Also, a little comment here – my GNG fan character Fantomu’s design was based on the wolves in this film and one character that we’ll see later. :evileye: And the announcer says ‘Now you can be dessert for the wolves!’ :ohnoes: However, these wolves have strange metal things on their ears… similar to the things the sharks had… Is there a pattern? Luke tries to talk to the wolves, but they don’t understand him – and it turns out someone is controlling them…. Ah, so THAT is why those sharks had those clown nose things on – they were being controlled. Layton awesomely sweeps sand into the wolves eyes to distract them, and, meanwhile:

Annie: ‘I’m not built for all this running!’

Fredrick: ‘Then stay here! That’ll be one less competitor…’

:rage: HATE….   Anyway, coming to the river, they come across a castle on the other side… A very TIM BURTON looking castle… all monochrome. Puzzle number 3 is for them to cross the river to the other side… but first, they have to deal with the wolves. There are three cages above them. Seems simple enough, but… as Fredrick, Curtis, Annie and Oswald find out, the wolves are too fast for the cage being dropped… Well, at least Fredrick is out of the game. :w00t: As he and the other three are surrounded by the wolves, and have to clamber on top of the cage for safety. Amelia, Piers, Marco and Raidley all had the same idea as Layton, Luke and Janice – trap THEMSELVES in the cage, and walk across with the cage on top of them. Once again, another clever little example of thinking outside the box. :D Oh, and now Mrs Raidley, in her annoying voice says ‘This Professor Layton, or whoever he is, may actually have some brains under that hat after all….’ Grr…. :hmm: Sadly, Layton, Luke and Janice trip up and drop the cage, and the wolves chase them into the forest – as Layton says ‘Even a true gentleman needs to get some exercise.’ :XD: As for the four losers…. Those strange masked men from the theatre earlier come up to them to take them away.

Layton, Luke and Janice come to a cabin in the woods and lock out the wolves…. And inside the cabin are some little items… and now Professor Layton suddenly demonstrates how he may be a MASTER BUILDER from the Lego Movie, and seeing all of the items in the cabin, along with the help of Luke and Janice, creates a makeshift flying machine… With a rather awesome design. :wow: By the way, I like how when the machine crashes out of the straw roof, they’re covered with straw, but the Professor’s hat is peeking out from the straw. :lol: They come up to the Tim Burton castle, and they make a rather bumpy landing on the castle grounds… Like one of those skimming stones from Hercules…. We finally see a glimpse of the man behind this game, and those of you who are aware with the games may recognise him…. But don’t worry, those of you who haven’t played the games, the film introduces him well too. :)

But for now, the remaining contestants gather in the castle courtyard for the next puzzle. But first –

Piers: ‘So, you made it! And I thought you’d been turned into a tasty wolf dessert!’

WOW, you’re an arsehole. :x Anyway, now for puzzle 4 – there are four different towers, with letters on the courtyard floor next to them. One door leads to the King’s chamber, and the letters will be their clue. Of course, Mrs Raidley, instead of using smarts to get through, just looks at Professor Layton and decides to copy where he is going. Luckily, this will bite her in the ass, as Layton is suspicious that the game really IS about giving the winner, and goes a different way than Luke, Janice, Marco and Amelia to find out more about the true nature of this game. Raidley and Piers follow Layton – to clearly the wrong door – oh, and Piers shoves Layton aside…. DOUCHE. :x Luckily, Piers and Raidley get dropped through a trapdoor to a watery pit below, but Layton holds onto the edge of the trapdoor and climbs back up. Well… just goes to show, cheaters never prosper… :lol:

As for the four with the correct answer, they go into the king’s chamber….. and get trapped… :ohnoes: And now… that epic organ music starts up again, and the man behind this game shows himself… :evileye: Yep, this is Jean Descole…. I can best describe as being similar to what it would be like if the Phantom of the Opera joined the Pirates of the Caribbean. :lol: Now, I haven’t played Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, so I’m not entirely sure what his whole plan is over the three games he appears in, but here, he orders his henchmen to take Amelia with them… :ohnoes: But for the moment, even though Descole may simply be seen as a one-note villain by this point in the series, he’s a rather awesome villain, in my opinion. He has one of the coolest villain themes ever, a pretty awesome design, and a voice that sounds a little bit Tim Curry-esque. :D

Meanwhile, it turns out that Emmy has finally found a vehicle that she will endanger less people with – a biplane. :phew: Wait a minute, now that she’s over the ‘big water’, as Keehar from Watership Down would put it, hopefully she won’t any birds…. Look out Kehaar! :ohnoes: She comes across a familiar figure down in the water below – Inspector Grosky… In a way, his rescue goes better than that of Tintin and Captain Haddock in The Secret of the Unicorn film… but he still gets swept aside into the water anyway – so when onboard Emmy’s plane, he has to hang his clothes and his… BOXERS :jawdrop: on her plane to dry. But he loses his boxers anyway, courtesy of Emmy’s biplane driving… Emmy, you really need to go back to driving school….. :rofl:

Meanwhile, Professor Layton comes across a rather beautiful bedroom in the castle, and sees many photographs of Melina, and some of her with Mr Whistler and Janice. So, this is probably her bedroom, I suppose…. But wait a minute, Nina said earlier that she was going home…. If she means that THIS is her home… What could that entail? :o It turns out that Melina was brought to Ambrosia because she was ill, but the air would make her feel better… but we heard earlier that she was reborn… And now – Nina/Melina suddenly goes REGAN from The Exorcist on us, and has two voices conflicting with each other…. OH MY GOD, IT’S THE DEVIL!! :ohnoes: No, it’s not the devil, thankfully, (this means Nina won’t be yelling ‘Your mother sucks c***s in hell, thank heavens :phew: ), but she has two voices conflicting with each other, one saying Mr Whistler IS her father, and one saying he isn’t…

Meanwhile, Luke, Janice and Mardo are being taken away by Descole’s guards, but Luke pretends to be hurt, so Luke and Janice can knock out one of the guards and escape….. Marco on the other hand, is not so lucky, as he gets attacked, and has his Ambrosia scrapbook taken from him… Now, the first time I watched this film, I will admit, I was wondering why they attacked him like that – but seen as Descole is revealed later to have an interest in unearthing Ambrosia’s secrets, he’d want as much information as he can on it… Luke and Janice are surrounded, and it is pretty sad when Luke starts crying in fear… He is only a child, after all. Luckily, he then tries to stand up for Janice (remembering Layton’s words ‘A true gentleman should try their best to help a lady in need’, no doubt)…. But, needless to say, a young boy going up against an adult guard doesn’t go too well. ^^; Luckily, Emmy and Grosky arrive just in time, with some rather cool techno-classical music playing (something about the mixture of techno beats and accordions comes together really well :headbang: ), as they beat up the guards in, admittedly, a pretty cool fightscene. Emmy, for all her failures to understand road safety :XD:, is a pretty awesome kickboxer, even gets a low blow against one of the guards… OUCH. I agree with Grosky’s pained expression here when he looks on. But at least it isn’t as bad as the low blow Gin gave to Benizakura in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, or… Turkie giving someone a carving knife to the crotch in Thankskilling. :lol: Speaking of Grosky, I like how he gets some awesome fighting against the guards here – they could have simply kept him as a simple butt-monkey character, but thankfully, they took the high road and made it so that he gets to kick some butt. In my opinion, comic relief works best when they contribute well towards any fighting or help out well. :w00t: Emmy recognises Nina – ah, so Nina is the young girl who went missing… So, she is NOT Melina after all…

Speaking of Melina, it turns out that Mr Whistler HAS been working with Descole this whole time. But it turns out that Mr Whistler didn’t come up with kidnapping people and selling tickets…. However, that doesn’t stop this next scene from becoming, admittedly – a bit TENSE to be honest… That music that plays here really fits the mood of unease as Amelia is brought to the room alone. It turns out that the Detragan is here on the island – so that explains what was in that second submarine that Grosky saw go out to sea. Also, Descole’s wolves here look rather cute as they lie down. :XD: Mr Whistler says that Amelia is the winner, and the Detragan is apparently this machine that gives eternal life to the winner… hmm, sounds fishy… :hmm: Especially as Mr Whistler sees another light go out on the Detragan, and forces Amelia to a bizarre looking helmet next to the Detragan…. Also, I find it pretty sweet here how Amelia entered the competition to give this supposed elixir of eternal life to her grandfather, who only has a few months to live. Daww, bless her… :aww: But there is no elixir, as Mr Whistler reveals…. And, this is where the scene begins to go from tense to CREEPY, in my opinion… :fear: Descole’s guards hold Amelia steady as Mr Whistler puts the helmet on her, and is about to activate the Detragan. The Professor Layton games do have some aspect of creepiness to them at times – like with the vampire legend in Pandora’s Box, the rabbit who was the victim of animal testing and Bill Hawk’s rise to power in Lost Future, EVERY scene with Levin Jakes in Spectre’s Call, and those creepy mummies in Miracle Mask….. So, once again, I like how the film keeps to the mood of some scenes from the games like this in this scene… When Amelia cries for help, I actually DID feel my heart racing, I’ll admit… :fear: I mean, it’s nowhere as creepy as some scenes I’ve seen in films like General Woundwort coming slowly down the warren in Watership Down, that man being shot in the face in Plague Dogs or that moment where Prince Hans was leaving Anna to freeze to death in Frozen, but in my opinion, it goes to show that just because it’s a ‘children’s’ animated film, it doesn’t mean it can’t have some rather dark and intense moments here and there, so I give kudos to the filmmakers for it. :clap:

Luckily, before disaster can strike, Layton and friends come to the rescue to beat up the guards and rescue Amelia. Layton tells the truth to Mr Whistler’s plot – he never intended to give eternal life to the winner. Rather, he wanted to take their life away from them… Because Melina was dying, Mr Whistler asked for Descole’s assistance in creating the Detragan – as well as an instrument, it is a machine that can copy a person’s personality and memories all into another person’s brain. Wow. :wow: However, as Nina shows, the original person’s personality would force Melina’s memories and personalities out…. Mr Whistler kidnapped young girls like Amelia to find a host capable of holding Melina’s memories… All in the hope of keeping his daughter’s memories alive. But now the film begins to get a bit tense again, as Mr Whistler forces the helmet onto LUKE’S head to try and put Melina’s memories into HIS brain… :o Luckily, it turns out that someone has taken the key to the Detragan, and it is now inactive. :phew: And now it’s time for this film’s big plot twist – the person who stole the key, as Layton says, must have known everything about Mr Whistler’s plot….. and that person is…. *drumroll*

…JANICE. Or, as Layton correctly says, Melina… :wow: It turns out that Janice was one of the girls Mr Whistler tried to insert Melina’s memories into, and Janice, being friends with Melina in her last life, allowed Melina to stay…. But Melina herself realised that her father’s sorrow related to her death was clouding his judgement, and knew that she couldn’t steal someone else’s life so she could live again…. :( And Melina was the one who wrote the letter to Layton for help…. You know what, throughout this one scene, I actually begin to feel a bit sorry for Mr Whistler. :( True, he did kidnap people and what he did was questionable to keep his daughter’s memories alive, but he couldn’t let go of his daughter…. I feel that he was overcome with sorrow at his daughter’s passing, and this clouded his judgement – as Inspector Chelmey said in Professor Layton and the Lost Future – ‘Criminals can be so blinded by their own motivations, they lose sight by the damage they do…. But criminals aren’t the only blind ones.’

Unfortunately, Descole then takes Janice/Melina away, and has his wolves keep everyone else away – and damn, how awesome is the music here? :headbang: And like with the Professor Layton games, there is often ANOTHER plot twist on top of the main one to keep the audience on its toes, and here is this film’s. The reason Descole wanted to revive Melina’s memories was to bring Ambrosia back to life… The Ambrosian Seal has music all around it – Ambrosian music – the Song of the Stars. And the song Melina was singing earlier, the Song of the Sea, is the second song he needs to bring Ambrosia back to life. So now Descole starts showing his Phantom of the Opera side, and takes Janice/Melina hostage aboard a large platform outside the castle with the Detragan aboard, so that she can sing the two songs required to revive Ambrosia….. Oh yes… and now we get some more awesome organ music while Descole says ‘Sing Melina!’ – yep, definitely Phantom of the Opera-esque… :meow: And the music goes well with Emmy and Layton fighting off the wolves, and everyone fleeing from the crumbling castle. :wow:  While Descole starts flying into a rage that Ambrosia isn’t rising, Layton looks at the seal, and realises something….

However, Descole starts losing his temper, and begins to use more…. Hostile means to make the Ambrosia kingdom show itself… He turns the Detragan into its true form – a huge robotic WEAPON. Yep, wouldn’t be a Professor Layton film without a huge machine at the end. :XD: And the animation as power surges through the castle, making it glow and the machine rising is just AWESOME. The machine looks quite a bit like a larger version of Archibald Snatcher’s machine from The Boxtrolls… And this film’s machine has a much better reason for glowing than in Pokemon: Rise of Darkrai with that music machine, in my opinion. At least here, there’s a logical REASON why the castle is glowing – power is surging through it. :XD: Actually, one thing that I’ve heard about criticisms against this film is… get this, TOO MUCH CGI. Now, I know that I’ve said in the past that I hate it when a film puts all its effort into CGI and clearly has all the other elements in the film suffer because of it. Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole is a prime example – ALL of the effort is put into the great animation, and sadly, that film’s story and characters suffer as a result. Fortunately, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva has TWO things that LOTG:OGH FAILED to accomplish: One, good understanding of the source material and respect for fans of the original source AND newcomers to the story, and two, putting effort into not just the animation, but the story and characters too. And speaking of animation – I feel the mix of 2D and 3D really works…… I really DO NOT get the complaint about there being too much CGI. Seriously, some people criticise THIS film for using too much CGI, but let films with HORRID CGI like Alpha and Omega go free?! What the hell? :confused:

And now for another aspect of Professor Layton – an AWESOME climax. Professor Layton and Luke head for that flying machine from earlier, and fly up to stop Descole…. Hmm, a flying bucket vs. the robotic version of…. Bit small odds for Layton and Luke, aren’t they? :rofl: Janice/Melina heads up to stop Descole, but gets knocked off the platform to hanging by a loose wire… Wow, that was quite a slippery surface wasn’t it, if she rolled that much… :lol: And now Luke gets a chance to prove himself – he asks Layton for him to help Janice/Melina, so now a REALLY awesome scene happens – with some absolutely PHENOMENAL music that sounds almost 1980’s synth-ish in some areas, the flying machine flies up very high, and Luke jumps forward to try to help…. I will say that the amount that Luke falls and bounces about would probably have a chance of SCARRING him… But it does get a mix of funny/awesome as Luke runs across the pipes, dodging SAWS and leaping across wires to get to Melina… Actually, something about this scene reminds me of that amazing moment in the Friendship is Magic episode The Crystal Empire, where Spike was awesomely dodging King Sombra’s defences to protect the Crystal Heart… In fact, one thing I thought is that perhaps Luke Triton and Spike would be good friends. Think about, they’re both well-meaning, capable and likeable assistant characters to the main stars, and they’re not JUST comic relief – they get a chance to help out quite a bit of the time. At least, that’s my personal opinion on it. :aww: And another sign of showing that he is an awesome villain, Descole shows that he would willingly try to KILL Luke with the DRILL on the tail of his machine. :ohnoes: Luckily, in the nick of time, and with some MUCH better uses of slow-mo than Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole did (at least this film uses slow-mo only when ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and not annoyingly in EVERY OTHER SCENE :hmm: ), Layton flies the bucket helicopter into the drill to save Luke…. And the machine EXPLODES…. Wow, that must have been one COMBUSTIBLE flying machine considering how much it EXPLODED… Did it run on nitro-glycerine?! I wonder if Vinny from Atlantis: The Lost Empire had a role in building it… :XD:

Layton, it turns out, has been holding onto a loose pipe on the side of the machine, and climbs up to confront Descole, taking the pipe out to defend himself…. And now Descole shows his Pirates of the Caribbean side, as he draws a sword to challenge Layton to a duel. And oh GOD, this music is just AMAZING…. :headbang: Luke manages to pull Janice/Melina, and Descole dodges Layton with a rather limber jump. Woah – has he been taking acrobatics classes from Gin from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin? :lol: Now, if I could nitpick a little bit about this sword fight, it’s that it’s a tad…. Short, in my opinion. :hmm: In Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box, there is a rather lengthy and awesome sword fight between Layton and Antoine, that game’s antagonist, so it is a LITTLE bit of a shame that the sword fight couldn’t have been as long and cool as the one in that game, but again, it’s only a minor complaint.

However, with Descole away from the Detragan, Layton reveals that there is a THIRD key to awakening Ambrosia – the seal has a sun symbol on its bottom – revealing The Song of the Sun. And now Layton plays the three songs together, while Janice/Melina sings the three together. I just LOVE the monastic choir that comes in here as the ruins of Ambrosia arise from the sea in a luminous green glow…. OH MY GOD, its CELEBI!! :ohnoes: Just joking, it’s not Celebi, but the ruins rising. But the glow reminds me of Celebi being brought back to life in Pokemon 4Ever. Enraged that Layton revealed Ambrosia, and not him, Descole lashes out at Layton, ramming Layton into the Detragan – short-circuiting the machine’s power, sending everyone falling off the side of the machine’s top…. Descole loses his balance, and falls off the machine out of sight… :o But for those of you who have played the games, you’ll know that Descole returns again in the future… So, he’s kind of like Riki from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin – Riki also falls quite a long distance down a deep ravine, but somehow survives and comes back in the series. Gravity may have claimed many a Disney villain, but Riki and Descole are two characters that defy gravity. :w00t:

With the large machine in ruins, and nearing exploding, Layton, Luke and Janice/Melina flee the wreckage of the machine, and come ashore, as the large machine of destruction goes out of commission and falls to the sea below. The chaos finally over, we now come to yet another great moment that are also seen in many a Professor Layton game – the epilogue-like heartfelt ending. There are some flashbacks to Mr Whistler and Melina when she was still alive, and…. Melina passing away with Janice and Mr Whistler at her bed, Melina giving Janice her necklace…. :cries: Mr Whistler begs Melina never to leave him, and starts dreaming about all the good times they can have together now that she’s back, but Melina, in a rather sad moment, says that the only things she’s brought her father are sorrow and grief, and that she can’t take Janice’s life so that she can live her own… And now there’s a Fox and the Hound like bit, where Melina says that even if she is gone, she’ll still be with her father in his heart… Once again, I know that some people watching films like this may be bothered by so-called ‘sap’, but I usually don’t mind so-called ‘sap’, and it is rather emotional here while Melina and Mr Whistler say goodbye to each other, and Melina walks away, saying goodbye to everyone – and once again, I can’t help but feel sorry for Mr Whistler as he breaks down into tears. :cries: There is a really nice scene here where, with some really clever animation, Janice and Melina are standing side by side overlooking a sea cliff, moving in exactly the same way – showing that it’s two people in the same body. Melina says goodbye to Luke, calling him apprentice number 1, and to Professor Layton, thanking them for being her last memory, before her spirit walks away…. And disappears for the last time…. Once again, the whole mood of this scene, the animation, the music – the whole FEEL of it seems like something from a MIYAZAKI film, it’s that touching…. It could even rival that scene where Ashitaka and San are in the field after The Great Forest Spirit has been restored in Princess Mononoke. :aww:

Everyone vows to remember Melina, and Grosky steps in to arrest Mr Whistler. Before he does, however, Mr Whistler sees the ruined Detragan, and plays one last song on the instrument in memory of his daughter…. And it’s… to be honest, the BEST song in the film…. :headbang: Janice adds vocals to the song, and as the awesome song continues as Luke and Layton realise something important about Melina’s singing allowing Ambrosia to rise – Ambrosia lives forever due to the legends of its beloved queen, and seen as Melina was the one who brought Ambrosia back to life, she was actually the reincarnation of Ambrosia’s queen…. And as the legend says, Ambrosia was waiting for its queen to return to them. The camera shows a REALLY beautiful spot of the sun rising over the Ambrosian ruins…. And as the song continues, we get another great aspect from the Professor Layton games – little cartoons in the end credits showing events from the film and what happened before or after. These cartoons show Mr Whistler with his baby daughter, Janice and Melina performing together, Descole and Whistler constructing the Detragan, Luke and Layton picking the crowns on the ship as a man rushes to stop them, the losers of the wolf puzzle being caught, Luke running on the gear of Descole’s machine while Layton flies up to help him, Luke taking the mind control devices off the wolves and bandaging them :giggle:, Nina returning to her parents as Emmy and Grosky look on, Layton, Luke and Emmy together in their study, Piers helping Mrs Raidley with shopping (admittedly, they did get a funny moment from me here, I’ll give these two that :meow: ), Mr Whistler playing the piano in jail for the inmates, Amelia paying respects for her grandfather (daww…), Layton, Dr Schrader, Curtis and Marco exploring the Ambrosian ruins, Annie reading one of her mystery novels to Frederick in bed (again, I’ll give them credit that this got a laugh from me :meow: ), Grosky retrieving his boxers in triumph :rofl: , and the main cast all on the beach together :D . And cutting back to present day, the record of Janice’s song ends, and Janice comes up to Layton’s office, Layton and Luke go out to meet her, and the record comes to an end…. And for that matter… so does the film – just as beautiful a film as the song that was playing….. :love:

 

:iconailemadragonprincess::iconsaysplz: I haven't seen the film, but judging by the pictures and poster I saw, it looks wonderful.

:iconsparkshot11::iconsaysplz: I've seen the movie on the internet, and I have to say I'm impressed! While it hasn't done anything super spectacular itself is actually good movie despite being a video game based movie, which that itself is super spectacular giving the reputation of my video game based movies.

:iconwaywardplatypus::iconsaysplz: Even though I never played the Layton games, I could give this one a chance. Most likely with the Japanese dub, nothing against English dub fans, I just find it more natural because I tend to watch the dubs of the countries where film x/y/z come from.

From what I heard, I heard some reviews say it's a good access point for those getting into anime. I've seen quite a few non-adapted-from-TV anime films myself, and the few I saw so far prove that it's not all 'Everybody does nothing but charge up for the entire movie then final strike' and crud. I shall pick it up when I have the chance.

 

You’ve probably noticed that throughout this review, I’ve been comparing this film to Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole and the Professor Layton game series that it’s based on….. And in my opinion, seen as I ripped Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole to particles last year (one of my friends described my revisited review like that a while ago :lol: ), I feel that Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is a MUCH, MUCH better adaptation of the source material. Even though some of the minor characters in the film are, to be honest, douchebags, it respects the source material MUCH more than Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole did… Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva does NOT flanderise the characters from the source material (LOTG turned Soren into a non-entity, and ruined Digger, Kludd, Twilight, Ezylryb, Jatt, Jutt and Nyra, and it threw out a lot of the characters from the original pointlessly and threw in horrid new characters like that annoying echidna), it puts effort into the animation, story AND characters instead of only focusing on the animation (LOTG seemed to be ONLY focusing on the animation, and everything else just felt INCREDIBLY rushed), it works in all of the classic elements from the games like the puzzles, great emotions, music and action, and best of all – it introduces the source material VERY well for newcomers. :clap: In my opinion, LOTG, even when I saw it BEFORE reading the books just didn’t catch my attention at all and just bored me to no end (and this boredom was turned to ANGER when I learned how much it TARNISHED the books it was based on)……. But I’m confident that if I saw Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva BEFORE I played the games, I would still love the film. :aww:

And another thing relating to the film itself – even if you haven’t played the games, I would HIGHLY recommend the soundtrack for this film to ANYONE. :headbang: Here are some of the songs from the film for you all to listen to. :aww:

Professor Layton’s theme – www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTNsI3…

The Eternal Diva theme - www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGCWnM…

A Transient Life’s Departure - www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyHfQi…

Janice’s Tears - www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOS5oi…

Descole’s Theme - www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTM38q…

Mr Whistler’s Theme - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqJPBQ…

Puzzle 001 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tlwRn…

Puzzle 002 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=upz0nq…

Emmy’s Theme (she’s called Remi in Japan) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9doZ9…

Future British Gentleman (Luke’s Theme) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=SevSsK…

The Last Battle - www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nYKT1…

I know there’s quite a few songs here, but hopefully these will give an idea of how awesome the music in this film is. :headbang:

 

So, are there any puzzles remaining to this Laytonesque review? Well… why are such faithful adaptations of video games of THIS calibre so rare? I mean, for every ONE Professor Layton ad the Eternal Diva, you have TEN films like Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne and Dungeon Siege – I looked up their IMDB scores, and needless to say, they are pretty damn abysmal… A friend of mine, :iconvindurza:, made a good suggestion – maybe it’s because an animated film can capture the feel of a game much better than live action can. That’s a theory, but hopefully, there will be more great films based on video games like this and Wreck-It Ralph made in the future. I mean, I’m sure that there are some great film adaptations of games out there that I haven’t seen… but from I’ve heard, they’re very rare…. But hopefully, some people just as smart as Professor Layton himself will step into the fray to make some more great films based on video games like this one in the future. :aww: But for now, I’ll be happy to watch Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva every so often to get a great feel of the games. And I highly recommend this film to fans of the games and for newcomers too…… Trust me, it takes a true gentleman to make a film like this… :iconprofessor-layton:

 

So, before I get into my Hallowe’en based reviews, there’s just one more film I’ll review that I’ve been meaning to review for QUITE a while. ^^; But hopefully better late than never, right? :D

So, my next review will be the continuation of a story that started nearly 140 reviews ago – yes, it really HAS been that long…. :XD: Stay tuned for the return to Brazil for my review of…

RIO 2. :aww:

 

 

UPCOMING REVIEWS

148. Rio 2

149. Hocus Pocus

150. Hellraiser

151. The Borderlands

152. The Howling

153. Attack of the Werewolves

154. Company of Wolves

155. The Lost Boys

156. The Hunger

157. Christine

158. The Fly (1986)



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RvBPhoenix Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks for the fav! :D
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saltyoven Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So Rainbow Rocks was released in theaters, and from what I'm hearing, They made Sunset Shimmer likable.  I repeat, THEY MADE SUNSET SHIMMER LIKABLE!
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mega-elemental Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I updated my top mlp songs!: mega-elemental.deviantart.com/…

Also, if you want to make your own: mega-elemental.deviantart.com/…
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JinxtheShadowyHero Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
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diamondrain676 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
I just noticed how stunning you look in your Deviant ID photo.
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ever seen those Halloween movies Hocus Pocus and Ernest Scared Stupid? Those are traditional Halloween watches for me every October.
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RippertheScraftyplz Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Your recent work with the Wiccan Witches singing has inspired me to get to working on the Sanders sisters. (based on the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus) Got an idea that they'd be enemies of the Wiccan witches. The Sanders sisters have lived for 300 years by sucking souls out of children and keep themselves young. (unlike the Sanderson sisters, who died and were brought back 300 years later) Wendy has a spellbook much like Winifred has, and has an eye on it. She, Sally, and Marie sold their souls to the devil like the Sanderson sisters, and were given the spellbook for all kinds of recipies to practice their black magic and steal souls. But I'm wondering what your Pokemon version of the devil would be in your comics. I was gonna say Dante but since they suck souls to keep themselves young, instead of offering souls to Dante, this would probably be a no, and the buster Ghosts would no doubt be disappointed that they're using souls themselves instead of giving them to Dante. ^^;
Also, 300 years ago, they sucked the life of a human girl and turned her brother into a Purrloin, who is immortal until these witches die, which would break the spell. He also can't evolve like normal Purrloin.
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Orchetto Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the fave !:happybounce: 
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Thank you so very much for the fav on my happy lil Chespin~ I'm so glad that you like him. If you'd like your own Chespin I'd be thrilled to make you one~ My commissions are currently opened~  Please keep in mind I can make more than just a Chespin ^~ Cheery Chespin by PlushPrincess

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Tierrin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Thank you for the fave!! Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] 
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MassacreTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Thanks for the favorite :)
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SodaDog Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Artist
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The final hurdle awaits you...
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ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pst, since you really hate Alpha And Omega, I think this picture will make you happy. :) thearist2013.deviantart.com/ar…
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's brilliant. :D
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ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd totally pay to see a crossover film of San riding on Moro and cannibalizing all those those horrible tasteless generic wolves. :evillaugh:

Also, since you've seen it now, here's a really cool official Ginga Nagareboshi Gin promo I found. :D www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BrzDr…
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miamiamyrose Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
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Bitani49 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :wave:
Just passing by to thank you for adding my Sparky
sketch to your favorites :meow:
it means a lot hun! Thank you so much :clap:
Have a lovely day dear:huggle::heart:
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :hug:
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redwallfanforever Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Ducky, what are your least favorite Season 4 pony episodes to you as a brony? Mine are:

1.  Rainbow Falls (so much good things in here yet Derpy, Soarin and the muscle pony couldn't get a pass for this episode from me)
2.  Somepony To Watch Over Me (this episode featured Applejack going out of character, a rancid moral and the "joke" with AJ randomly checking the door wasted time that could have been spent on something better)
3.  Trade Ya! (really predictable in the bad way but it does have its moments like featuring the handicapped pony onscreen without soccer moms crying and trying to bubble wrap their kids from something harmless)
4.  Power Ponies (If you know reviewers like Nicky V and Mr. Enter, than yeah I am like them with being annoyed that Spike thinks he's useless when he's had at least 4 episodes before this story proving he is useful! Personally I think episode 8 of Reboot did a similar story better)
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Rainbow Falls
2. Somepony to Watch Over Me
3. Simple Ways
4. Filli Vanilli (so close and yet so far!)
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agberrysbrother Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Photographer
What is the font u use?
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Orange LET.
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WaywardPlatypus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
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Just a little film I could recommend for your normal reviews. I'm checking it out soon, and it seems to show probably one of the best parents in all of animation. Be warned, it's taking forever to find a subbed version of the film.
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