Just finished this movie literally minutes ago. Couple thoughts:
- The fight scenes lose their impact when you have SO many villains for the heroes to fight there's no WAY you can get a legit fight scene that's a one on one or even a 2 on 1. It inevitably devolves into "chuck all my special moves to everything's obliterated". Mega Max was, as I recall, MUCH better about making sure most of their fights had better impact and drama.
- The use of these Ishinomori characters are, I assume, the reason why we didn't have room for W and OOO's. I'm not a fan of that. There's nothing wrong with these characters and I personally thought Inazuman's scene worked aside from Fourze throwing his belt away, but given the choice between these old school guys and a crossover movie featuring all the Neo Heisei Riders, I'd pick the latter.
- Speaking of. There are few things I dislike more than voiceless cameos. Seriously, there aren't so many Riders that you can't at least get some brief scenes of them acting. At least, not yet. I'd rather you just work with the actors you can get over voiceless stunt scenes.
- Someone get Koichi Sakamoto a girlfriend. Like, I don't care that you like your women to dress a certain way in your shows. But this time it actively interfered with your film. Seriously: Calm The Fuck Down. All the fanservice shots dragged me out of the fight scenes.
- Also fuck all this slow motion. Boring.
- I feel exactly the opposite from the internet with regards to these two Riders. You can keep Fourze *and* the "Kamen Rider Club", but I really liked the opening bits of Haruto's story and gun-toting Rinko could easily have made Wizard an awesome series if they'd let her exist in the television timeline.
Overall, not a terrible movie but it doesn't touch MegaMax. Oh well. There's always...this year?
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