Not bad...not as good as it could be
Fantasychick18 | Buffalo, NY | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The second movie was definitely better than the first. While the first was more like a clip show with a couple of flashy new scenes thrown in, the second was smooth, the transitioning was great and caught the essence of the story and characters almost well as the series. It still had some issues though
This movie starts off with Cagalli and Athrun meeting each other after shooting each other down. They are saved by their respective groups. The Archangel and Athrun's team do battle along the territoral waters of the neutral nation of Orb. After the Archangel manages to to safely land in Orb (thanks to Cagalli) and moves towards the Earth Alliances Headquarters in Alaska. Kira disappears after a fierce duel with Athrun, ending with the destruction of both pilots' Gundams. Kira returns from the Plants (piloting a new Gundam)to save the Archangel from a nasty fate and they end up heading to Orb once more. During the Earth Forces attack on Orb, Ahtrun and Kira manage to get back together and Athrun pledges to help defend Orb. After Orb begins to lose to the EA, the leadership choose a plan that leads to a heart wrenching ending that helps to change the course of the war and the lives of the main characters.
Though the movie was ten times better than the first, there was hardly any new stuff at all. The only thing that I could see was that the battle scenes weren't reused. The ending sequences were the only significant new shots that I saw.
The ending of this movie was by far the highlight of both movies. It was perfectly done, from the editing, to the music and the voice acting; it caught the sadness much better than the episodes that it was taken from. The insert song for the last 5 minutes was poignant and fitting.
The lack of new scenes was a little disappointing, and the character development(Murrue, Mu, and Lacus) was lacking; especially with Murrus and Mu falling in love seemingly out of nowhere. However, the ending was so good that it made up for some of the shortcomings. I recommend this for Gundam SEED fans, but I'd watch the series first or you may get lost.
Pawns the first one
Ariq haque | ottawa ontario | 09/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i think this movie is way better than the first one cause the first one had just random scenes in it, but this one keeps its setting and looks like it also has some kind of story, i watched this special edition movie 2 without watching the episodes for it but still enjoyed watching it cause i watched the episodes before it and kind of new what was happening, but now i have watched all the episodes for that was compiled for this movie, and think this movie still stands out well, i did not really care if there was new scenes in it or not but you got some what different feeling for it compared to the tv one, the new things i noticed is that they kind of made it just a little bit graphic, by showing people exploding with a dust of blood which it thought was pretty cool, and the music was redited for some of the fight scenes which was quite enjoyable. the ending to this movie was a great one it just felt like a fitting ending cause that is the ending of this setting, the music was also good for it even though you get the same song for the show but, as i said before you get more of a emotional feeling, so yah this movie was more about friendship, i would reccomend this movie to any of you people, dont stop watching the special edition cause of the dissapointing first one, i think this was worth watching."