The story in this film does show some promise after a nice opening scene but then the film slows down with some very average storytelling. It's not just that the story slows down as but it's also that the story doesn't progress much during most of this film as it is mainly filler. When the story did progress I was mixed on it as I did enjoy some of it but a good chunk of the scenes are just not very interesting and can be just as dull as the filler itself. Another problem I have with the writing is just how predictable this film is as you can see every single plot twist coming from ten miles away and you will not feel a sense of satisfaction from them and you'll just think it was a dumb move.
As far as action scenes go you'll get a pretty good opening action scene and a very decent ending battle but every battle in between just wasn't very interesting as there wasn't much going on during them. A huge problem with the final battle scene isn't the battle scene itself but the slow nature of everything that happens in-between the start and end of the film as it'll drain all of the excitement out of you. By the time you get to the final fight you won't be all that motivated to watch and it was a shame. What I liked about the good action scenes was the mixture of good choreography and just how crazy they can get.
Most of the characters in this film weren't very interesting at all as they ranged from having generic personalities to barely having any personality at all. Not all of them were soulless as there were some characters that were very likable much like Bayonetta herself and another character named Rodin who is there to aid Bayonetta when she can afford it. The main villain was also pretty cool but he barely appears in this film at all and that's very odd seeing as he is Bayonetta's target and so you'd think he'd appear in more than the few short scenes he was in.
Artwork in this show has a very dark and sharp look that comes out as very crisp and clear. Character designs in this film were all over the place as some shots they looked really good but in other shots you'll see problems like the art-quality dropping down and some shots were just drawn badly to where the characters looked disgusting. Bayonetta is a great example of inconsistent art quality as while she can look very good there'll be a scene where parts of her look off to the point where you'll turn your head wondering what you are supposed to be looking at, funny enough this problem mostly occurs during the fan-service parts (the sexy kind of fan-service). There were also a decent chunk of characters that had very boring designs to where it wasn't helping me enjoy the film. Animation in this film ranges from passable to very choppy to a point where I wanted to stop watching this film.
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There are some decent features on this release as you do get some very nice looking storyboards, an audio commentary from the actors that worked on this film (Jonathan Klein and Hellena Taylor*) and the trailer that was made for the USA. The storyboard section has a lot of sketches and I did enjoy them as they were very interesting to look at. I find it very sad as even though the special features section is small, it is still much more entertaining than the film itself.
*Note: This part of the review was edited due to a friendly comment (literal "friendly" and not a sarcastic one) pointing out that I f**'*ed up hard in one spot. Thanks for pointing that out and I apologize for unintentionally giving wrong information.
Title: Bayonetta - Bloody Fate
Animation/Production Studio: Gonzo
Genre: Animation/Anime, Action
Running Time: 90 minutes
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Rating: MA15+ (Strong animated violence, nudity)