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A large, chiseled man with fairy wings and a gentleman on a deadly flying dodo-chicken appear in the sky and begin laying waste to a legion of demons. The attackees unleash the Indura, best described as a catbus toad dinosaur the size of a hill that’s almost a mountain, and the chiseled fairy whips out a spear and throws it into the Indura’s mouth and out its butthole, killing it. So much for exposition; things get nuts here right off the bat.
I take that back: This thing is stuffed with exposition, just not quite in the opening brouhaha, which is ludicrous to the point that you wonder if the sequence can be topped and the movie launched its nukes too early. But no, this is Seven Deadly Sins, which is wall-to-wall bananas straight off the tree. Anyway, the Seven Deadly Sins — who are warrior-knights wielding magic and weapons and named after sins and animals and who also were given Christian names by their parents, few of whom are human — ended an ages-long holy war, bringing peace to the realms. Giants, fairies, humans and goddesses defeated the demons and now everything is peaceful, except chiseled fairy man and deadly flying dodo-chicken rider didn’t want it to end and have cast a spell on portions of the populaces of all the five aforementioned races, possessing them and forcing them to attack the unpossessed populaces of all the five aforementioned races, and it happens without warning.
All this interrupts some weddings. Meliodas (voice of Yuki Kaji) and Elizabeth (Sora Amamiya) are getting hitched and he’ll therefore become king of Liones. Meliodas’ brother Zeldris (also Yuki Kaji) is going to marry his vampire sweetheart Gelda before assuming the throne of the demon lands. The first aforementioned couple happens to run into the second, and when they sense something is out of whack with the Force or whatever, they take an investigatory couples’ retreat to the demon realm. The third nuptial festivity finds the Fairy King, King (his name is King, don’t get confused) (Jun Fukuyama), tying the knot with fellow Sin Diane (Aoi Yuki), who’s a giant, and considering she’s about 10 times his size, one imagines the consummation to be a thing to behold. Alas, we don’t get to watch with morbid fascination, as their reception is crashed by possessed giants and fairies, which happens to all too many weddings these days.
Other characters are introduced, possibly out of obligation, since they don’t have much bearing on the story. It doesn’t matter, because inevitably there is fighting, and the Sins and their allies wield their crazy magic powers against chiseled fairy man, whose name is Dahlia (Yuichi Nakamura) and who is the long-lost second fairy king, if that matters, and his partner on the dodo-chicken, Dubs (Shin’ichiro Kamio), who’s a master craftsman, if that matters. The battles consist of much yelling of words to accompany their destructive action, e.g., OMINOUS NEBULA, THOUSAND GOD SLAYER, CRAZY WIND, SNATCH, etc., and I swear I didn’t make any of those up. There will be rampant one-upmanship and declarations along the lines of “Fool!” and “My power is beyond your understanding,” and who will win the battle, the jerks or the heroes? Don’t look at me, I ain’t gonna ruin it for anyone.
No, THOUSAND GOD SLAYER doesn’t end it all, and I have no answer as to why, because it seems way more ultimate than the rest of the ultimate power moves these maniacs throw at each other. Cursed by Light eventually makes some surprise revelations that barely rise above the din, but may be meaningful to the SDS faithful. No spoilers, but I’m pretty sure it can be summed up with a shrug, “In-laws — amirite?” A lot of the dialogue sounds like random words, so here’s a few in the spirit of the series: SNEEZE FINAGLE! WORM TICKLE FEATHER! UP PERISCOPE! Every character has either robust, globe-like breasts or abs upon abs, and yet they all speak with squeaky childlike voices and carry themselves like wide-eyed sexless innocents. And yet they have sowed much death and destruction in the name of making peace.
This is all rather conceptually confusing, but the point here, I believe, is to overwhelm. It’s difficult not to admire stuff like Seven Deadly Sins for its wild artistry, as if the M.O. is to throw every idea up there like 300 ping-pong balls, and see if we can catch them all, pure brain and eyeball overload. This series is very good at that, although anything resembling a recognizable human emotion is exploded into its composite atoms by relentless extremity. This is a long way of saying it’s all a bit much for 80-minute chunks of movie, but I’m also speaking as someone who is not on psychedelic drugs.