I’m rather conflicted.
On one hand, I’m pretty excited to see a live adaptation of Monster Hunter. I started the series just this year with World, then I went on to playing 4 Ultimate, and then Generations (Ultimate) in that order. I’ve probably spent about 500 hours total on the series, and while that may not be a whole lot by the game’s standard, and quite frankly I feel just a little burned out by it at this point, in just these few short months it has already cemented itself as another franchise to always keep my eye on.
On the other hand, we have the same guy who directed the live action Resident Evil movies directing this, Paul WS Anderson. While I haven’t watched the live action movies (at best I remember watching some of the animated movie), I heard they ranged from being okay to just straight up trash. He also directed the first live action Mortal Kombat. I was gonna say something about his wife, Milla Jovovich, because at first I thought she starred in the Underworld series, but turns out that was a different actress (Kate Beckinsale). And since I admitted that I haven’t watched the LA Resident Evil series, I can’t really say much about her acting.
I’ve seen test footage from last year of a Rathalos fighting a Gore Magala in what looked like a train station, and while it actually looked really spectacular and stunning- credit where credit is due- it also raised a few concerns for me. Why was Rathalos walking and acting like a Tigrex? Why did Gore Magala have eyes, when it’s supposed to be practically blind in its juvenile form and not have eyes until it reaches its Shagaru Magala form? Why was Gore glowing outside of its Frenzy State? Where were the thick plumes of contagious frenzy virus? HOW WAS RATHALOS ABLE TO FIGHT OFF A FUCKING ELDER DRAGON, WHAT THE FUCK? But since this is test footage and most likely not going into the final cut, I won’t et too angry over it. It did look pretty rad, though.
At first, the plot sounded like it was going to be this:
“An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.” -Kotaku
But now, according to Forbes, it sounds like this is going to be our plot:
“The movie’s plot centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking Earth.” -Forbes
I’m not gonna lie, but I honestly prefer the first plot over the second: I can absolutely relate to the premise. See, I work at Walmart, which is about as dead-end a job as you can possibly get. Every now and again, I would daydream, either about going home and playing the game, or about what it would be like living in the monster hunter world. the plot is still bad, I’m not gonna lie, but it gets me. I want the chance this dude would’ve gotten: to leave this boring world to go hunt a Rathalos in the other. The second plot just doesn’t resonate as powerfully with me. What frustrates me the most is, Anderson hasn’t even finished filming the damn movie, and already he’s talking about making a whole expanded universe for the movie franchise. Jesus Christ.
Now, having said all that, I do have at least a few hopes for the movie:
- First and foremost, it gotta have palicoes. You can’t make anything Monster Hunter without palicoes.
- At least once, I wanna see someone kill a monster, then craft armor out of its corpse parts.
- If they’re gonna keep Gore Magala in the movie, not only do I wanna see it infect a bunch of other monsters with the frenzy virus, but I also want to eventually see it go into its Shagaru Magala form.
- I at least wanna see one person do the Sip N’ Flex. Just one. I’ll be happy.
- And finally, I wanna see at least one Deviljho suddenly appear from the ground and devour absolutely everything in sight.
At the end of the day, so long as there’s some great action in the movie, I guess that’s all that matters.