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Saturday, 11 April 2020

NARUTO THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL, 11/04/20


NARUTO THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL

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Synopsis

A make shift team of Naruto, Shikamaru and Sakura must protect a powerful stone from being misused by the forces of evil.

Cinema

Streaming

Run Time

One hour, Thirty seven minutes (1h, 37m)

Movie Rating

79%

Age Rating

12 (Moderate Violence / Threat)

Cast

Naruto Uzumaki – Junko Takeuchi
Sakura Haruno – Chie Nakamura
Shikamaru Nara – Showtaro Morikubo
Gaara – Akira Ishida
Kankuro – Yasuyuki Kase
Haido – Akio Nojima
Temujin – Gamon Kaai / Yūko Katō
Fugai – Urara Takano
Kamira – Sachiko Kojima
Ranke – Houko Kuwashima
Emina – Tomoka Kurokawa
Kahiko – Nachi Nozawa

Movie details

Mid – Credits: Yes (Non - Sequel related)

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news and impacting people’s lives. People are still panic buying and unfortunately, the cinema remains closed, but for good reason. Moving on again, whilst at a supermarket, one entitled customer wanted to go over limit and was challenged by security. A mini van driver was speeding through and cutting in-between lanes, only to join a queue and turn left at the traffic lights. One driver in a hurry drove up a priority direction (not theirs) and ended up causing heavy congestion. Some people just don’t care!

Review: The second Naruto movie swaps Sasuke Uchiha with Shikamaru Nara, with appearances by Gaara, alongside his brother Kankuro. Gaara, personally, is becoming a more important character in the Naruto series due to his age being similar to Naruto’s and a former fellow jinchūriki (Humans housing tailed beasts within themselves), which is more or less the main plot line of the series regarding Naruto himself!

I get the impression that the movies are not as grounded as the television series as they explore a different direction. For example, the Stone of Gelel is a powerful artefact and within the television series, there are also powerful artefacts like Benihisago (Gourd), but not as powerful, although they are developed more for a better understanding of what they can do. For what did not appear in the series, usually finds its way to the movies, and hopefully these can be explored a bit more.

The movie itself I thought was a dood effort. It is usually Naruto’s will and determination that shines through and tends to influence the direction of the movie. There was added humour and talents like Shikamaru’s strategic mind were showcased in the movie. It was nice to see Gaara and his brother, Kankuro getting more involved as the movies try to align with the television series, making for a decent effort.

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