In the future, Earth has become a desolate wasteland where few remain. One man, Paradox, is on a mission to save the future by travelling through time and destroying the source of this widespread destruction: Duel Monsters. After stealing several prominent Dragon-Type monsters throughout history and causing massive devastation in several time periods, Paradox has antagonized and inadvertently assembled three of the greatest duelists to ever draw a card: Yuusei Fudo, Judai Yuki, and Yugi Motou, the King of Games. Now, the trio must challenge this imposing foe to save their world in a tag-team duel that spans the ages. But will a bond of friendship forged across different eras be enough to defeat someone capable of such terrible acts? It’s time to duel!
As a fan of the YuGiOh franchise, I enjoyed this movie, but my nostalgia was one of the few things that saved this film. The crossovers were fun to see, but that was the only enjoyable part of it. Most of the plot was very weak and felt like it was designed in 10 minutes. I would only recommend a film like this to the most hardcore YuGiOh fans, as it was sometimes cringy to watch. Plot: The cool thing about the story is, using time travel, this movie contains three Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists (from different series). It's a VERY cool plot idea that any Yu-Gi-Oh fan would be interested in. I thought it sounded awesome, and it was the only reason I decided to watch this movie. Unfortuately, the movie was poorly made. The plot is simple; a mysterious character from the future decides be wants to erase the Duel Monsters card game from history; so he decides to go back in time and kill Pegasus. Our three heroes band together to stop him and save their previous card game. Ta-da, that's it! The entire thing feels more like a special than a full movie; a result of its many flaws. The biggest of which is the number of plot holes in the film; there were so many it was really distracting and it pulled me out of the story. Most of the plot holes revolved around the time travel aspect, but the rest of the plot didn't make much sense either. Just looking at the plot, this is a horrible movie. Characters: The movie mostly focused on the Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds universe, with apperences from one character from GX and a few from the original series. I feel like if the movie was longer, many more characters could have been involved, making this a more complex movie. Unfortunately, the focus was just on 4 main characters (including the villain). The villain was extremely 2-dimensional and boring. His back-story was pretty much non-exsistant and the reasons for his attack on Pegasus were weak. The main characters were their regular selves (although Jaden felt really out of place and randomly thrown in) but they constantly insisted on using every "yay friendship!", "we're now best buds!", or "our love of this childrens card game will make us win!" types of comments ALL THE TIME. It was RIDICULOUS. I haven't seen dialogue that bad in ages! Conclusion: Although I was expecting something more serious, it was still a fun watch. However, with the never-ending list of problems in this movie, I can't give it more than a 5/10. I really wish it wasn't this bad, and I wouldn't mind a well-made sequel.
Story Unfortunately, like the other Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, Pyramid of Light, this one only ran for forty-nine minute, which I felt was a bit short for the story to develop too much. It's a great movie, don't get me wrong, but it seemed a little rushed and had so much more potential. The dialogue, as usual, is a little long-winded and can break up the action a bit, but it at least stays in character. Some things they say, though; just so obvious. The integration of new cards and themes into the movie brought up my opinion of it however. Knowing the cards that the main characters played helped me anticipate, but for anyone else watching, it's a new and exciting idea. Animation Konami is at least keeping up-to-date with their animation skills. Everything about the screens in 5D's we've come to know and love is repeated here, and the attack and duel animations are amazing. Of course, there's always the odd transfer from the more CGI biking to the swap to traditional animation, but it is, and has been, spectacular. Sound As with all the Yu-Gi-Oh! movies, the soundtrack is amazing and fits perfectly. Even the lack of sound on some of the dialogue was well-timed, in my opinion. Great music and sound effects, and as a small bonus, the old theme song from the first series returns as the ending theme. Characters What can I say; a blast from the past. It's been hinted, and it's finally come full circle: Yusei, Jaden (or Judai) and Yugi, all in one movie. The three protagonists are, of course, awesome, but I feel that the major characters from some of the other series, like Jack, Joey, et cetera, could've had a larger role. I know Banner's supposed to stay with Jaden (don't know why, haven't watched GX), but he had way more screentime. Even Pharaoh had more shots than the other majors. Overall A great movie, and a good way to spend some time if you're a new player to the Yu-Gi-Oh! game or an old veteran. Filled with card games on motorcyles - at the beginning - and just general dueling, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time has been the movie I've most been anticipating for - other than the English dub of Haruhi Suzumiya's movie, of course. But anyway, definately worth checking out.
I've never been too fond of people defending the old due to the narrow mentality that everything pos-modern sucks, however, I choose not to have watched GX or 5Ds of the yugioh saga because of the fact that the cliche representations of good versus evil just outweight the regular cardgame, as it nearly did with the oriiginal. The story sucked due to its quick-paced slap-in-the-face telling that made everything run by too quickly, no to mention the lack of imagination when it came to the overall duel. The amount of monsters used was minimal and all the strategies did was kill and bring back and bury and then revive and destroy the same old monsters. I don't know, I think I have dragged this review too far, but I definitely don't recommend this movie to anyone, I only watched it because I thought it would be cool to have three protagonists o different sagas come together.
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