Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is not my usual preference of movie choice to watch, but I had the chance to review it for Common Sense Media and found this action-packed fantasy film to be surprisingly delightful. It serves an audience that might not be quite ready for Capcom’s popular Monster Hunter video game franchise. Nor ready for the live-action Monster Hunter adaptation. It’s exciting, but not gory (unless you count purple monster guts as gore). With a strong emphasis on teamwork. Characters have to learn to trust one another and face their past mistakes in order to move forward, grow, and ultimately solve their problems.
A Paren’t Review
Going into Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild parents should know it’s an animated adaptation of the Monster Hunter video game that’s geared toward younger fans of the franchise. From the trailer I thought it was going to be ridiculous. But it’s actually something I’d let my kids watch, and I think they’d enjoy. The fantasy adventure features a young monster hunter hopeful who teams up with a group of Guild soldiers. Together they use their wits and skill to fight monsters and save a village from destruction by a fire-breathing dragon. Strong (literally, very strong) female characters help the team pull off the mission. When characters make mistakes, there are immediate consequences and attempts to make it right. Violence includes large guns/cannons and swords used to battle monsters and moments of peril. Kids can learn the value of perseverance, teamwork, and overcoming past mistakes.
Though it’s predictable at times, the movie has an encouraging message that even the youngest, least skilled people can play a part in helping others. With a runtime of 58 minutes, the movie feels like a pilot episode of a series. The story plays out as a flashback, with a cliffhanger that leads the viewer to believe that there’s more to come.
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