Escaflowne: The Movie Image
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  • Summary: Escaflowne follows Hitomi, a Japanese high school girl, who escapes her reverie of depression on Earth by traveling to the alternate world of Gaia. There, she meets Van, an enigmatic young King, who will determine the fate of countries with a mystical dragon armor named Escaflowne. (Bandai Entertainment) Collapse
  • Director: Kazuki Akane
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Animation
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 98 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 75
    Plenty of dramatic action, stunning imagery and an operatic score add weight to Escaflowne. It may not appeal to fans of traditional animation.
  2. 60
    A smoothly structured, earth-toned and well-drawn Japanese anime.
  3. 60
    Beautifully animated epic is never dull.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    The film's life-affirming fable offers a richer metaphorical subtext than Vision's intricate coming-of-age soap opera. Unfortunately, clumsy dialogue, characterization, and exposition interfere with that subtext.
  5. 40
    Becomes blandly idealistic.
  6. The big-screen surround-sound effects are nice; too bad they're the only aspect of the film that's ready to rumble. And parents, be warned: There's an astonishing amount of bloodletting for a PG-13 film.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Dominik
    Apr 26, 2006
    9
    It's an awesome movie but the anime series on which the film is based is much better, simply because you lern so much more about the characters and their background. Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    8
    A good movie, I really liked the re-design of most characters. It has good battle sequences but never gets the quality, that the series has.
  3. AnjleG
    Jun 15, 2007
    7
    The action scenes and the romance were pretty good. But you can't take any thing very seriously. In the end there is something missing. There is too much of nothing, just small bits of everything. Expand

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