As the risk of outing myself, I’ll fess up and admit that I never really got into the Naruto anime. I’ve tried a few times in the past but never made it anywhere near the end of the first season. Still I was very curious about Boruto: Naruto The Movie having heard great things about it from may friends and fans alike.
I’m glad I heeded their advice and gave it a go.
First some quick background, Boruto is the son of Naruto who is now married to Hinata Hyuga, who has attained the level of Seventh Hokage and is a fully fledged ninja with a boring office job. His son, Boruto, is just as tenacious as his father was at his age with the exception that Boruto is much better skilled with jutsu than Naruto ever was. Naruto also has a younger sister, Himawari who idolises her brother and really looks up to him. Boruto is coerced into signing up for the chunin exams after coming across a scientifically designed ninja tool which can store the chakra in little capsules thereby releasing the jutsu when you need it. When Naruto hears about this device, he bans it from the exams.
However Boruto enters with the device which he uses to progress through the rounds. Naruto finds out about it, confronts him and promptly disqualifies him from the exams. It’s then that two strangers appear and begin to wreak mayhem on the arena before revealing that they’re after Naruto. Naruto seemingly sacrifices himself and disappears into another dimension with them. Sasuke contacts the other four Kage who travel to the world where Naruro is being held prisoner, along with Boruto to try and bring him back.
Without a doubt, this movie looks beautiful especially the fight scenes. Their are a few through the film but of particular note is the climactic battle at the end, it looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s the first time I’d ever seen Boruto the character at all but his design is really cool and I love how the creators didn’t just do a miniature version of Naruto. Speaking of Naruto, it’s so cool to seen him as an adult now after seeing countless pictures of him throughout the years as a young boy. The Hidden Leaf Village looked great as well, I remember it being more rural but as a non-watcher of the series, I’m guessing that the look was upgraded over the lifetime of the series.
Also, I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything by not being a Naruto regular, the characters all stood on their own and not having prior knowledge was not a disadvantage to me whatsoever. Of course, if you are a fan, then it’ll be a kick to see all your favourite characters all grown up with their own young families to guide through life. Overall, great film maybe a little short at just under 90 minutes but the time went flying, it was that well paced with a great story.
Final score: 7/10
Thanks to Madman for the review copy.