Let’s be perfectly honest here, video game movies do not have the best track record for being, well, GOOD. With recent reports saying that the upcoming Uncharted movie might not be as great as expected, we at ABG decide to dive into celluloid’s past and take a look at the video game movies that managed to break the stereotype and are actually enjoyable to watch -. This may be a small list.
Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back
We’re starting this list off strong with this contender from director Kunihiko Yuyama, who also directed the highly (and still) popular TV series. While it was panned by critics, across the world fans loved it, proving that you should never listen to critics.
Accompanied by the short Pikachu’s Vacation, which spends twenty minutes following the adventures of everyone’s favourite yellow mouse on holiday, PTFM: MSB brought the TV series to the big screen in such a way that it spawned twenty other animated films and one live-action film (but more on that one later).
If you fancy diving back into late nineties nostalgia then this is a good place to start, you could even give the remake a watch if you don’t fancy the 2D animated version. Just make sure you have the tissues ready for THAT scene!
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Sonic the Hedgehog
If you’re not aware of this movie, 2020 must have hit you harder than most. Arguably the best* video game movie ever produced, we nearly had a disasterpiece on our hands before it even made it to the cinemas. I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone about…HIM. The one who’s name we dare not speak for fear of his face brandishing upon our screens.
Thankfully, Paramount decided to pull a 180° and kill its creation before it was released upon the world. Or, it was all a part of a well-choreographed PR stunt with a worldwide test-screening audience. Either way, what Paramount pulled off was, undeniably, one of the…neigh, the best video-game movies ever created.
I had my doubts about James Marsten in the (human) lead. However, with the infallible Jim Carrey [Canada’s second-best gift to the world, right behind ABG‘s own crazy Canuk, Mike Allen. Natch, you hosers! Or somthing] as Dr Robotnik, it was never going to be anything less than okay. And, when we look at other examples in this field, “okay” is a pretty high benchmark.
Oh, and Ben Schwartz can, as it turns out, do a great Blue Blur™.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Initially, this was going to be Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, however, the higher budget and prequel-esque setup for Final Fantasy 15 works quite nicely in tandem. While it definitely maintains a degree of anime cheese, the action scenes are spectacular. With the inclusion of Sean Bean and Aaron Paul, being directed by Takeshi Nozue, Kingsglaive effectively establishes the setting for the proceeding game. It might not be the deepest or most philosophical but it is mighty entertaining.
Another Pokémon Movie? Yes, and it’s good enough to make this list. Detective Pikachu is the franchises first foray into live-action and to be fair it’s quite good. With everyone’s third favourite Canadian, Ryan Reynolds, voicing the Yellow Electric Mouse, DP does a decent job to treat fans to what it would be like to live in a world full of Pokémon whilst still remaining faithful to its source material.
Honourable Mention- Wreck-It Ralph
Whilst not based on a video game, Wreck-It Ralph is more of a homage to great video games. Featuring an absurd amount of cameos from famous games, some obvious, some literally blink and you’ll miss them, WIR encompasses everything great about video games and puts it all into a fun and enjoyable movie.
And that’s really it! As previously stated Video Game Movies tend to be absolutely awful, so it’s always good to hold on to the ones that actually aren’t too bad. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Uncharted movie and the upcoming Ghosts of Tsushima movie make the cut… or be confined to the overflowing bin of failure.
Did we miss a gem amongst the dirt? Let us know in the comments below!
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