Due to some technical issues with the screening of the dub in my theater, all the intricate pieces of dialogue, and a potentially confusing passage late, I want to rewatch the movie on Blu-Ray before writing a full review. To tide you over until August, here’s a Quick Reaction!
Loss and Coexistence have some of the more transparent writing issues in tri. Loss reaches far to set up the main character conflict and doesn’t get the most out of its second half. Coexistence returns to the same melancholy note for much of the movie and saves all of the intensity for the final act. The dub of Loss used some extra lines to fill in many of its problems. Coexistence has so much talking to begin with it doesn’t have as much room to hide. All a dub can do is convey what’s happening in these conversations as concisely and with as much emotional impact as it can. It’s far less successful, and in some cases blurs the picture even more.
It has some highlights to be sure. Anything involving background mumbles and whispers comes across much better in English. The partners are shouting out their charges in the stills of them fighting hostile Digimon in the Digital World. We hear the audible concerns of people seeing the partner Digimon in the real world. The whispers about Matt’s fear of ghost stories is slightly perceptible and doubly funny (as is most of the scene, save for Meiko sometimes rushing through what should be drawn out small-town horror). Meiko’s grief is defined well and her mistakes in the final fight convey hearing the message of the other digidestined but applying it wrong, demanding all the burden of responsibility from Meicoomon rather than sharing in the pain regardless of blame. Daigo is on fire and his and Maki’s drama is especially crushing knowing now how their final act goes. And Kari brings needed flexibility in her hushed fear of the Digital World hating them to the ferocious rejection of Homeostasis to the monotone way she summons Ordinemon.
The problem comes in when some of the translated lines add even more confusion to the mix. While the Digimon around the world are portrayed to be motionless and simply in position to attack, multiple characters suggest the attack has already begun, which would be a truly chaotic situation with no real defenses and cuts out one of Ordinemon’s roles. When Meiko makes her dramatic final decision, Tai’s initial dramatic agreement becomes muddied by a long speech where he seems to go back and forth between supporting Meiko’s decision and demanding everyone stay together, to the point where his order to pull Omnimon away from fighting Meicoomon seems to have two drastically conflicting motives. He’ll get a chance to reflect on this decision in the underworld, but in a movie that’s already challenging enough to process, talking out of both sides of his mouth doesn’t help anyone.
Initial Grade: B+