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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Overly complex threequel has strong fantasy violence.

Movie NR 2022 143 minutes
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So much telling, so little showing. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy is a truly maddening experience in that it pulls off the miracle of being a blockbuster action movie that mostly lacks action. Instead of action, the viewer is subjected to endless scenes of exposition: backstory after backstory after backstory. This is followed by brief action and conflict, and then it's back to explaining everything. Even those who have seen the first two movies in the trilogy will have a difficult time following the dozens of story threads that distract from the central (and most interesting) story of a man trying to rescue his brother from the afterlife.

If the action revealed the characters and their motivations, this could easily have been a 90-minute movie instead of two hours and 23 minutes of mostly talking and explaining. The best that can be said is that the surreal settings and monster attacks are often creative and inspired. If only some of that creativity could have been applied to telling a straightforward story.

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