Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, produced by the animation studio, Bones, seems to be your typical 'a down-trodden people' story. The land of the proud people of Milos was conquered by Amestris, and the people were forced into slums in the surrounding valley. The story goes from a rebellion to the creation of the film's namesake: The Star of Milos, or otherwise known as a Philosopher's Stone. Of course, this ties in Edward & Al, and they also venture there to find the user of a mysterious form of Alchemy. The story isn't really anything special. However, Ed & Al really feel like they are side-lined in this film and don't feel important to the plot. Their connection to the events are limited to the Philosopher's stone (which comes around halfway through the film), and their attempt to find the mysterious form of alchemy (which is scrapped very early on).
The backgrounds and artwork look amazing and really, well, what you would expect from film quality. However, most of the shots are of cliff-faces and caves, which gets old fast. Animation is all around good, but where this film really falls down is in terms of the characters; the sheer lack of detail is horrendous and the dreadfully apparent changes in figure when they are in motion looks horrid. After watching Brotherhood, this are a real let-down. The characters, all in all, just look bad, which is unacceptable for a film like this. The battles, thanks to the animation, have a good exciting motion, but it is in some of these where the degradation in character detail really becomes apparent. Also, note: The transformation from Human form to Animal form for a Chimera looked really awesome.
Voice acting is decent, as you'd expect, with returning voice actor Romi Paku for the Japanese voice of Edward (w/Vic Mignogna for the English) & Rie Kugimiya as Alphonse. Music was entirely forgettable, which is apparent to me because I have forgotten it all in the space of 10 minutes after watching the film.
For me, the movie is too long. The second act goes for way longer than it should've and the film dumps so much useless crap about Milos origins that it is hard to stay interested during some of the dialog scenes. The main villain also was a dud, but this being the case did leave open for a good revelation nearing the end of the film. The final battle is adequately epic and the spectacle of the creation of the Star of Milos is certainly well done.
All in all, it’s your average shounen, FMA flick; Nothing special, not bad, but nothing mind-blowing. If you’re a Fullmetal fan then sure, check it out. If not, this film isn’t for you.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, produced by the animation studio, Bones, seems to be your typical 'a down-trodden people' ...