Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
People never die. Their bodies eventually fail and pass away, but the people within those builds are not forgotten. We live with their memories and ideas everyday. I’m not talking about a music artist whose music you listen to. I mean the ideals that your grandparents taught you or the games your aunt played with you. You loved these people. I loved the people who had to pass on. I still like to think about my first dog, Max. He was my friend whenever no one else was around. He gave me the power to feel love on another creature. Those memories make me happy whenever I think about them. I think we can all agree that we dreamed of getting our old lives back.
If given the chance to have an eternal life, would you take it? If so, how much would you put at stake? This is a mystery that only Professor Layton can solve in his movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. For those that don’t know him, the Professor comes a series of puzzle solving video games from Nintendo. I’ve only played Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, but I had fun trying to figure out the many puzzles in order to advance the story and help solve the mystery. Does the character translate to film well?
As surprisingly as it sounds, this is one video game that makes a great movie. The problem of trying to make a movie out of a game is trying to expand the thin stories (like how Super Mario Bros. is a paper thin “save the princess from the dragon” scenario). Some games have too much story and a movie might condense it. I have to give Nintendo credit for taking great care into this guy’s cinematic debut. They don’t try to put in any big celebrities or insert vulgar jokes. It’s an animated mystery that will spin your head around (in a good way, of course).
Professor Layton and his young apprentice, Luke Triton, have been invited to a performance of an opera, staring one of the Professors former students. The opera centers around the legendary land of Ambrosia and the secret of eternal life it claims to hold, which it is claimed will be rediscovered when its queen returns. That alone could be a classic fairy tale. But the opera is interrupted by a scientist who claims to hold the key to eternal life. All everyone has to do is play a game of puzzle solving. The winner gets the elixir while everyone else dies.
What follows is a mystery that has a great amount of surprise and suspense. I can’t believe that something this good is based of a video game. I think I’ve found a good video game movie. It’s too bad this didn’t get a theatrical release in the United States (though it got one in Japan and in England) because the movie is very cinematic indeed. The voice actors are perfectly cast, the writing is clever, and even the animation is spectacular. This professor almost puts Sherlock Holmes to shame.
I’ll give this four and a half Professor’s top hats out of five. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is the first of what I hope are more movies. This movie talks a lot about the importance of someone’s memory and the possibility of immortality. Pretty deep for something video game inspired. Give this a try, you’ll want to solve more puzzles with this guy.