dir. Fumihiko Sori
Unbelievably, despite the 2017 live-action Fullmetal Alchemist adaptation being horrendously subpar, somehow it was decided that the saga would continue. The Revenge of Scar continues its predecessor’s penchant for bad wigs, underwhelming action and shoddy CGI. In this instalment we’re following the supposedly epic journey of our villain-turned-ally Scar, whose ceaseless rage our protagonists Ed and Al come to understand is somewhat justifiable. This is a hard existential journey to follow when the creators thought it would be a good idea to daub orange-looking fake tan on Scar’s face in an embarrassing attempt to make the actor look like he’s a different race. The lack of emotional nuance and understanding only worsens with each passing scene: bereavements and massacres are conveyed with all the emotional heft of a splinter. Depressingly, they didn’t stop here – The Revenge of Scar precedes yet another tacky adaptation in The Final Alchemy.