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04 November 2005 @ 03:06 pm
Nine Inch Nails and FMA movie reviews  

Nine Inch Nails were absolutely incredible and lived up to everything I hoped it would be.  The only bad thing was that our seats were off to the side of the stage and many of the effects were lost.  But they sounded incredible and that was all that mattered.  Trent cut his hair!!  I don't mean short, I mean as in practically buzzed off.  *weeps for Trent's hair*  But he was wearing these leather pants and black T-shirt that were quite nice ;) 

Anyway, hubbie and I took our time getting into the city.  There were two opening bands, one of which we've never heard of and the other, Queens of the Stone Age.  We had a nice dinner at Mustang Harry's which was right up the block from Madison Square Garden and arrived just after Queens began their set.  They weren't bad, but then I only know 2 of their songs. 

Then the lights went off and then music came up.  They preformed the first song behind this gauze-like curtain which was a cool effect.  They sounded so good and Trent's voice was a powerful as ever.  He didn't puss out on any of his angry growls or screams in any of the songs.  The place went crazy when they did big hits like "March of the Pigs" and "Closer."  "Hurt" was more subdued and minimilist begining with Trent by himself playing a keyboard.  If you're familiar with the song, you know how it builds in intensity until the end and if you weren't moved by it, well then there is something wrong with you.  Personal highlights were the songs "Terrible Lie, Reptile," and what is probably my second favorite song of theirs, "The Wretched."  They ended with "Head Like A Hole" and destroyed all the instruments at the end.  I thought it was a little infantile, but it did send a clear message that there would be no encore.  They played a solid hour and a half so, who needs an encore? 

I won't go into a blow by blow recount of the entire movie.  You can find those all over the net.  What I will do is give my impression upon seeing it.  First off, the version I had was a a really bad, camera in the theater, bootleg.  So the quality wasn't the greatest.   15 minutes in, that didn't matter, you didn't even notice it anymore.  The story was good, but there were a few things that left me a little wanting.  The Thule society was using Envy to open the gate back to Amestris and to keep him under control (which I don't understand how they kept him in line.) by giving him Hoeinheim.  Of course, he gets to apologize to Ed, right before Envy crushes him in his jaws raining blood down on Ed.  That was a bit much.  Alphonse Heinrich was a very likeable character and I'm a little disappointed that they didn't dwell more on Ed's feelings towards him in regards to the fact he looked exactly like his brother.  I read in a spoiler that he gets killed, so I knew to expect it, but they justify it by giving him TB.  So, I suppose we're not supposed to feel too bad that he died becuase he would have been dead soon anyway...I hate that type of plot device.

When we see Mustang for the first time, he's been demoted and serving at a remote post, buried in snow.  He admits that he has not used his alchemy since the fight with Pride.  He looks worn out and hollowed...clearly not the same man.  But, he makes a spectacluar entrance when the war between both sides of the gate begins.  Again, I wished for more Mustang and Hawkeye interaction...they had such great tension at the end of the series and barely were in a scene together in the movie.  But at the end, I couldn't help but feel kind of bad for Winry.  She gets left behind as Ed and Al are stuck on the other side of the gate.  But hey, at least the brother's are reuinited.  One interesting side note.  I loved how the pre-WWII climate was addressed.  Very nicely done.  Don't get me wrong, this was an incredible way to wrap up what was probably one of the greatest animes I've ever seen.  There were pleanty of little in-jokes for the fans.  I eagerly await a much better copy.   


Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: The pleasant ringing in my ears
lychee: spikelycheedreams on November 4th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
I want to seee treeenttttt.

did he mention anything about new orleans?
evilkat_meow: sanzo-gunevilkat_meow on November 5th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
No, he didn't. In fact, he spoke very little to the audience. He said a few "thank you's" after a few songs and right before they did "Head Like A Hole" he thanked everyone for coming out and for their participation.