Netflix’s original Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild stays faithful to the source material and is a treat for fans of the franchise.
Keeping It Brief
- Netflix’s original Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild premiered on 12th August 2021.
- The movie stays faithful to the source material and is a treat for fans of the Monster Hunter franchise.
- However, the movie’s pacing, bland characters, and lack of information may not appeal to the general audience.
About Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild
After an unexpectedly long delay following the original announcement of the movie, Netflix’s original Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild premiered on 12th August 2021.
The movie follows the story of Aiden, whom fans of the games have come to know as “Ace Cadet” or “Excitable A-Lister.” Aiden is a brave and goofy kid who loves making puns based on monster’s names and helps his village as a wanna-be Hunter.
And while Aiden lacks proper skills and knowledge, he makes up for it with his positive spirit and willingness to learn and improve.
However, when an Elder Dragon threatens the destruction of his village, he seeks help from Ace Hunter Julius. Together they form a group with other brave Hunters to fight against the overwhelming force of nature, Lunastra.
Unlike the live-action Monster Hunter movie released earlier this year, Monster Hunter Legends Of The Guild stays faithful to the source material.
The World Of Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild
The live-action Monster Hunter movie featuring Milla Jovovich was a massive disappointment to fans of the Monster Hunter franchise.
It ignored many details that are integral to the franchise and eliminated elements that make the world of Monster Hunter beautiful. But Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild is the exact opposite.
The movie features 14 monsters from the franchise and showcases the delicate balance between monsters and nature. It also shows how Hunters work hard to maintain balance and preserve the ecosystem.
Additionally, the movie features unique weapons used in the Monster Hunter games and doesn’t modify them to appeal to a different audience.
The film also does a great job of showing how Hunters prepare for fights, their knowledge, and how it’s essential for them to work as a team if they wish to survive a hunt.
As mentioned earlier, Monster Hunter Legends Of The Guild features 14 different monsters. And as the movie stays faithful to the source material, these monsters behave just like they do in the games.
Watching the monsters fighting other monsters or against Aiden and his group of Hunters was a delight. So was seeing them interact with their surroundings and with each other.
Furthermore, the fantastic animation truly brings these monsters to life. The movie does an excellent job of capturing the individuality, behavior, and essence of the monsters it features. It’s thrilling to see these familiar monsters on the big screen.
However, those who aren’t familiar with the Monster Hunter franchise aren’t given much information about the monsters.
For example, the movie explains how migrating Elder Dragons cause chaos, destruction, and imbalance in the environments they pass in their migratory path. But it fails to explain why Elder Dragons are feared or dangerous.
Similarly, other fan-favorite monsters make an appearance, and it’s a delight to see them in the movie. But sadly, for those who dive into the movie with no knowledge of the Monster Hunter world, these are just big nasty monsters that our protagonist fights against.
The movie’s depiction of monsters from the franchise is undeniably its greatest accomplishment. As fans of the Monster Hunter franchise ourselves, we geeked out over their appearance and attention to detail.
Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t do as good of a job with its characters like it did with the monsters.
That is not to say that the characters are flawed. But apart from Aiden, who the amazingly talented Dante Bosco voices (Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender), no other character leaves a lasting impression.
The movie just doesn’t have enough time to develop its characters. Its restricted runtime only allows it to introduce the fundamental archetype of a group of strangers coming together to fight an overwhelming force.
And while the movie has known Hunters from the franchise such as Julius and Nadia, you need to have knowledge of years old games to understand who they are and what they’ve accomplished.
If the movie had a longer run-time or Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild was developed as a series, the characters would get more time to shine and impress the audience.
Is Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild Worth Watching?
If you are a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild is definitely worth watching. Despite the movie’s confusing pacing and lack of proper character development, it’s undeniably fun to watch.
The movie also has a great soundtrack, just like the games. Hearing Lunastra’s theme in the movie was truly amazing.
And while the animation had its flaws in facial expressions and dialogue delivery, it excelled everywhere else. The fights looked like they were straight out of the game, and the excellent attention to detail brought the monsters to life.
The movie makes up for its flaws by doing a great job of portraying its source material. And the movie proves that it’s possible to create great content that stays faithful to the Monster Hunter franchise. Maybe a well-developed series will win the hearts of the masses.
However, watching the movie with no prior knowledge of Monster Hunter is confusing and not as much of an enjoyable experience.
We watched the movie with friends and family who knew nothing about Monster Hunter. And their biggest takeaway from the movie was “a talking cute cat.”
The rushed story, weak characters, and lack of explanation make it a poor viewing experience for those unfamiliar with the Monster Hunter franchise.
But your experience can be different than ours! Did you enjoy the movie? And who did you watch it with? Let us know by tweeting out to @streamForte!