A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters too one-dimensional to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon violence. Characters fight each other with swords, lasers, and demonic-looking monsters. Explosions. Chase scene with futuristic motorcycles.
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Products & Purchases
Essentially, this is an infomercial for the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, where even the battle scenes explain how to play.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time is a 2010 movie that is part of the Japanese Manga series. The movie itself essentially feels like an hour-long infomercial for the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, in which the action on the cards (even used by the characters themselves as they do battle) comes to life in a series of battles involving explosions, fighting with demonic-looking monsters, and fights with swords and lasers. The story itself is incredibly difficult to follow and needlessly complicated; that said, anyone who isn't a superfan of the series won't find much to enjoy. And for parents wary of commercials masquerading as children's entertainment, the needless complexity coupled with the crass commercialism involved make this one to avoid. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is essentially an hour-long commerical for the trading card game. The story itself is needlessly confusing and nearly impossible to follow, unless you're a superfan aware of all the many details of the characters and of the game itself. Even the battle scenes feel less like a story and more like directions on how to play the game. That said, only the most diehard fans of the Manga series will find much to appreciate in this one.
Characters have accents (British, West Coast surfer) for no clear reason. Voiceovers attempting to provide context and clarity only muddle the already muddled storyline even further. For families wary of commercials masquerading as children's entertainment, the infomercial feel of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time coupled with the confusing storyline make it difficult to enjoy on any level.
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