27 November 2012

The Guyver (1991)

          Essential plot rundown:  A kid stumbles upon space amor and must fight people who turn into monsters.  I watched this once a long time ago, and for some reason, I had an urge to re-watch it.  I believe it is based on either an anime or manga, but who knows?

          This movie was...entertaining.  It wasn't that great of a movie.  It felt like a weird version of Power Rangers.  The idea is pretty cool (kudos to the source material) but everything else pretty much sucks.  The acting is pretty bad.  It's only saving grace is Luke Skywalker's mustache.  It is very campy with weird sound FX and music.  It didn't seem to know whether to take itself seriously or not.  The villain has some henchmen whose outfits don't make any sense.  Also, if you are making an awesome suit of armor, why include a weakness?  And why put it in a very accessible place?  And I guess the best time to make out with the girl you like is right after she tells you her father was murdered.  (I'll keep that in mind next time).  Overall, this movie is all over the place and not very well made.

          But, to the movie's credit, it was refreshing to see actual practical effects instead of CGI.  It was cool seeing actual monster costumes.  It gave the movie a sense of realism; though, most of them were kind of dumb looking.  The Guyver looked pretty cool.  And he reminded me a little of Spawn.

          However, by far the best parts of the movie were the Robocop references.  One of the characters is played by Willard E. Pugh, who played the mayor in Robocop 2.  Also, the logo for the company Cronos Corporation looks very similar to the OCP logo.  (Though, I tried to find a picture, but could not.  You'll just have to watch them both to see).  But, the best part was this.

          So, overall this was a fun movie.  Probably more dumb than fun.  In fact, it got a little boring in parts.  But, I hear the sequel is better.  And I plan on checking out the source material.

Oh, spoiler.  Mark Hamill is not the Guyver.

     But that's just my opinion...

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