Reviewed byeranga pereraVote: 8/10/10
Berserk is eye candy great animation, they have done well with thebackgrounds and scenery's, matching emotions with color and light anddetailed action bravo to the sword fights, all in all it is a superbmovie, character with masochism, best suited for male viewers who likesgore and well feel macho...whatever, anyway the story is good too has amystery element to it the flow is great, it keeps you involved, in thesituation, keeps guessing and keeps the viewers in the dark. sex andviolence a lot of it violence that is and it has 18+ on it, that is thewhole 3 movies altogether. There are some scene that does look a bitsimilar to some other movie situations, namely LOTR but it's not thatdistracting or even significant at this point, i really enjoyed it, ithink any one who enjoyed, LOTR, final fantasy, medieval action movies,should watch it, sex and violence with a meaning well who could say noto that. enjoy the movie!
Reviewed byDharkstar1Vote: 5/10/10
If anything, the story of Berserk needs to be expanded upon, notshortened. Basically, they are taking a 10-hour long show, improvingthe visuals, and reducing to the story to 3-4 hours. I'm curious whothought this would be a good idea. Many pivotal moments that occurredduring the series were completely glossed over in this movie, and inmany cases, left out entirely. What was great about the show was theemphasis on the story and character development. How can you developthe characters when you're cramming everything into such a short amountof time? Sure, the re-imagined action sequences and animation are greatto look at, but that was only ever a small part of what made the seriesso good. Berserk being my favorite (if not, second favorite) anime ofall time, this was doomed to fail for me. This first part isentertaining, sure, but doesn't do justice to the original series. It'sjust not possible.
That being said, it might be a decent watch if you're a first timeviewer of Berserk, but for true fans of the show, I don't see how thiscould be acceptable. They should have just redone the entire series andgave it a proper ending. Or, continued the show from where the originalleft off. I'm certain either of these options would please fans more,rather than giving them cheapened, hyped-up movies. I'll watch the restof the movies just to see how they turn out, but I suspect I'll bedisappointed with the rest. I can only give the first part a biased 5out of 10.
Reviewed byunibaba2Vote: /10
After several months of anticipation I just got to watch Berserk - TheGolden Age Arc Chapter I - The Egg of the King, and as a fan of boththe Manga Comic and the animated TV series, I was not the leastdisappointed. This movie kicks ass! I was perhaps most amazed of thebattles, which come off as extremely vivid and original.
Many will compare this movie to the animated series, and yes, somethings have changed, as this format is much more time-limited. Theexclusion of some scenes and moments to the benefit of other, mightmake the movie feel as a summary of the series. The much loved musicalthemes of the series have also been changed, something I expected, yethoped would stay the same as I really liked them. On the other hand, weget to see Guts and Griffith swinging their swords in a much more vividgraphical universe, which I think the story deserves!
As the above mentioned mainly comes down to a matter of taste, the mainproblem with this movie is that it doesn't focus as much on characterdevelopment as the original comic and animated series did. This willcreate some moments which new viewers couldn't possibly make full senseof. However, for any passionate Berserk-fan, this should not be adeal-breaker, as it is still a great movie, true to the original story.
This arc is a flashback showing Guts' youth and what led him to become the "Black Swordsman". Guts grows up as a young mercenary until his enrollment in the Band of the Hawk. He develops complex relationships with Casca and Griffith, the Band's charismatic leader and holder of the Crimson Behelit, who leads the Band to its rise to prominence within the Midland army. Griffith is elevated from his commoner status to the nobility, causing some resentment, and after sleeping with the King's daughter, Griffith is imprisoned, and the Hawks are declared outlaws. The Hawks manage to rescue Griffith, only to find him broken mentally and physically. From a conventional medieval European background, the story shifts to fantasy and horror, with the apparition of the Eclipse ceremony that ends with the destruction of the Band, as per Griffith's sacrifice in order to become Femto, the fifth member of the God Hand, and reclaim his path towards his dream. Only with help from the enigmatic Skull ...