Live action game films come in two flavors: entertainingly
bad and painfully unwatchable. Why? Perhaps it’s because they can stray too far
from the source, messing with the paper-thin plot of a game until it becomes even
more ridiculous than the source. That’s why the first trailer for the Phoenix Wright: Ace
Attorney film makes us cautiously optimistic. As you can see
from the Japanese trailer, it looks like it stays pretty true to the first game’s
It’s nice to get a real look at the film instead of snippets
with talk show hosts screaming over it.
And we love that all the characters look so accurate to their in-game selves,
no matter how silly the hair styles may look on a real person. With moments
from multiple cases of the first game on display (with big spoilers for those
that know what they are), the Phoenix Wright film looks on track to at least be
stunningly accurate. Whether it’s good or not is another question, but director Takashi
Miike can usually be counted on to make admirably ambitious movies even if they
don’t always pay off, so it at least won’t be boring.