Professor Layton and his young apprentice, Luke, are invited by a former student, Jenis, to her opera performance in hopes of solving a mystery. Jenis was approached by a seven year old girl who holds private memories only Jenis and her deceased friend Melina held. The child claims to be Melina who has discovered the key to eternal life.
The opera is about the lost kingdom of Ambrosia. The people of Ambrosia loved their musical queen and upon her passing, drank the elixir of life, granting them immortality as they waited for their queen to reincarnate. Legend has it that the kingdom of Ambrosia lies in wait of the return of their queen to this day.
Upon completion of the performance, the members of the audience are forced to participate in a puzzle game, the winner of which will receive the gift of immortality. Professor Layton and Luke embark on an adventure and solve the mystery of eternal life.
Based on a Nintendo game, the animation is simplistic, but not unpleasant, in keeping with the graphics of the DS. The score is a work of art in itself. It features a haunting melody with vocals accompanied by a pipe organ-type instrument. Music is obviously highly integrated into the film as it is central to its subject matter. For those who are not familiar with the games, there is adequate introduction to the characters in the beginning to understand and appreciate the anime. This is an all-around well executed piece--the pacing was good, the plot was achievable in the time frame of a movie format, the characters were likable, the animation was unique with very imaginative machines and the soundtrack was memorable.
The film is appropriate for both young and mature. Enjoy the film for its action sequences, mystery and music or dig deeper into themes of grief, greed and morality and the true meaning of eternal life.