Naruto: Shippuden The Movie UK DVD Review

So. There are two things that I've noticed that Naruto movies seem to do every time: on the good side, the time restrictions that a theatrical release imposes on the story mean that you get combat scenes that are short, to the point and very enjoyable; on the bad side, the 'lead' guest character - Shion in this case - always seems to go out of their way to be as obnoxious as possible at the start, before allowing Naruto to somehow warm their cold hearts. On both fronts, Shippuden the Movie follows the format.

On the combat front, that's 100% a good thing - my greatest annoyance with the TV series is the battles that go on for episode after episode, and the quick & brutal fights we get here are like a breath of fresh air. Shion, on the other hand, is more of an issue. The intention with the ice-queen trope that she plays to is to show the character developing and becoming someone more mature, but the problem with the way that these movies always do it that they're so obnoxious and uncaring at the beginning that you're turned against the character so much that, by the time Naruto begins to turn them around (and he always does) you're past caring about what happens to them. For me, that ended up being the case here, too - and if you're not enjoying some of the characters on-screen, then you're enjoyment of the movie as a whole can't help but be affected as well.

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