Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Now Playing: Ultraman Gaia: The Battle in Hyperspace

I do not pretend to totally understand every Ultraman movie I've ever seen, but that rarely prevents me from enjoying them. Ultraman Gaia: The Battle in Hyperspace would fall into the category of those Ultra-movies that strain credulity yet have so much heart that, by the end, all is forgiven, forgotten, and enjoyed. In this story, dimensional travel makes it possible for Gamu/Gaia to become real in Tommy's world (Tommy is the requiste Ultra-loving younster). How does it work? Who cares? The plot basically exists to set up a three-on-three brawl between the King of Mons three "parts" and Ultramen Gaia, Tiga, and Dyna (the latter two appear solely for the purpose of laying the smack down) and it does so effectively. Indeed, there is a story element that is fairly compelling--a red globe grants great power to the person who has possession of it--not unlike the Ring of Power in "The Lord of the Rings"--with the twist that ones wielding that power are not grown-ups, but kids.

Ultraman Gaia is unapologetically intended for children who would love nothing more than for Ultraman to become part of their reality and protect them, and in that respect it successfully delivers the goods. With surprisingly snazzy spfx and a lot of good will, Ultraman Gaia: The Battle for Hyperspace is a seventy-four minute Saturday afternoon smile-maker.

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