Thursday, 24 October 2013

K-ON! THE MOVIE REVIEW

  
K-On! The Movie
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 106 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 28/10/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

We've had the series so here's the movie. You know what to expect if you've seen it before you even watch the movie. It's battle of the bands and it looks like they are putting in the effort, but we soon see the reality when they're playing to a tape recorded track. At least we know they're not taking their practising too seriously!
The girls of the Light Music Club are about to graduate and when they hear of a trip to England's capital, London they take the chance on embarking on an important excursion in order to build their reputation as future pop stars, and with five days they could conquer the world.  In between all this, they have to think about a gift they will give to Azusa their rhythm guitarist. This aside, once they get to merrie England, they get to see the sights and sounds of a bustling city, but they have to work really hard to interest the public there. What remains to be seen is whether they will win over their crowd and soar to the great heights they expected to while still young.

From the moment the movie comes on, it's obvious it's for the younger viewers to enjoy as everyone remembers what music lessons were like when they were at school, but it was never as cool or raucous as this. K-On! the Movie is fun, lighthearted and gives viewers a view of what high schoolers get up to when the teachers aren't around. Good production quality, animation and a well thought out story is what the Light Music Club is all about.


Bonus Material: On the Blu-ray disc and standard DVD these are the extras to get excited about; Miniature replica of storyboards, Miniature replica of theatrical pamphlet, Mini production design collection, Spoiler, chord sheets, 5-card bromide set, 5 miniature replicas of pre-sale tickets, Exclusive three-sided box, Japanese subtitles, Full illustration on disc front, Location-scouting video of Director Naoko Yamada in London, In-studio report of Minami Tanaka's role, Behind-the-Scenes video of 11/27 "Ho-kago Tea Time in Universal Studios Japan" Event, 11/27 Ho-kago Tea Time in TBS press conference video, K-ON! film intro program, K-ON! Music Hall, 12/3 opening day stage greeting, Credit less opening and ending footage, Teaser Trailer and TV Commercial Collection, plus Cast audio commentaries, Staff audio commentaries and Producer audio commentaries.

Verdict: You don't have to make the grade in music to enjoy K-ON! the Movie.