What really bewilders me is the fact is has a Spanish dub, an Italian dub and French dub in addition to the original Japanese, but as far as English goes, it's just an audio description?
That's some fuckery.
Haven't seen the original anime but Brotherhood is fantastic, one of the best animes I've seen. Super cool setting inspired by early 1900s Germany among other things, amazing art, a good soundtrack and some of my favourite characters ever. However the story is just too much to be told over the course of one movie and this adaptations budget looks too low to capture it properly, all the costumes look like cosplay.
A trilogy with a big budget production value could be pretty good though in my opinion, for telling the story, although some threads of the story would need to be cut.
Basically watch Brotherhood, OP.
Here's my comment about it that I did over on /r/netflix
Edit: Mouse-over the spoiler tag and it will reveal the text, don't click on it as it acts like a broken link for some reason.
Edit 2: a word
> Using spoiler text for parts specific to the live action movie and not the details that are part of all FMA.
> Watched about the first 20 or so minutes of it but I felt like I wouldn't really enjoy this iteration. Feel free to point out any missing details or corrections needed but **I'm just going off the very beginning.**
> * The intro isn't engaging, [spoiler](/s "they start with Ed and Al creating the toy horses to show their mom and then they run off to play. At that point Trisha collapses, they have a funeral, then Ed and Al talk about missing her. Then Ed brings up creating humans called homunculus. And they agree to do so with their mother.") This intro feels very simple, which I get if it's for the people who haven't read/seen anything FMA. But at the same time it isn't impactful. The whole process from beginning to her death seems rather hurried to get the story rolling without much context.
> * During the transmutation, [spoiler](/s "Al is absorbed into the transmutation after it backfires and that's it.") No gruesome consequence or anything which I suppose it's fine given the target audience.
> * After that [spoiler](/s "they're in Reole (known as Lior/e in previous iterations) immediately fighting Cornello.") The fight tries to add a bit of humor during, but it doesn't seem necessary. And the way they revealed Ed's prosthetic limbs feels like a lazy setup. [spoiler](/s "The "rock crocs" just walk up and bite Ed, not much of a struggle to get to him, then he throws them off and the dust settles to reveal his arm and leg and Cornello suddenly knows who Edward is.")
> * The rest is just rushing in the characters [spoiler](/s "Mustang shows up with Hawkeye and a few troops for an "inspection" and stop the fight between Ed and Cornello. Mustang grabs the stone Cornello was using and makes it burst into flames and tells Ed it wasn't a real stone since the real stone is "indestructible." Shortly after Ed is taken away by Mustang's crew Winry shows up and greets Al and wonders where Ed is.")
> I'm sure at some point Ed or Al explain their current conditions (limbs/body-less suit), which I feel is a rather important detail for the audience, but it was never mentioned after the fight and "catching up" they do with the other characters. The clap before the transmutation I feel is a really important aspect of the story as it emphasizes their ability to transmute without drawing transmutation circles. There is a single mention of the fact that they can transmute without circles during the first fight, but nothing more comes from it in the beginning.
> The special effects look nice for the most part, the acting is alright, but the lack of details in some areas and the feeling of trying to rush the story are what bother me the most.
> I understand this is the director's version of the story and there's nothing wrong with that. But there needs to be an understanding of how and why something they choose to reference is popular. A lot of directors don't seem to understand that or just want to make a quick buck off something popular. This is especially true for the live action Death Note movie, [I made a post about it 6 months ago](https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/6rd760/how_not_to_adapt_a_movie/dl4mbr4/
) for those interested. Honestly this live action wasn't nearly as bad as Death Note was, but it wasn't engaging enough to watch entirely.
> TL;DR: Movie feels rushed, certain details are omitted or altered, special effects (transmutations mostly) look decent, crucial information is missing in the early stages of the story.
Check r/Netflix or r/netflixbestof.
Edit: I found a couple reviews by Google search, but it releases today, so you might need to give it a day or two.
There should not be an official discussion thread. It is not good. Let's pretend this didn't happen. Bright is a cinematic masterpiece compared to this. OP, just watch FMA Brotherhood. It's great.
It's been so long since I've watched the original Full Metal Alchemist series but from what I remember the original source (manga/comic) fell behind so the anime had to make up their own ending. It was okay but not as satisfying as FMAB.
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood would probably be more up your alley, the animation is significantly better as well.
The first ten episodes of FMAB basically summarizes the original FMA.
Death Note is fantastic! The Netflix live action is crap though, except for Willem Dafoe who voices Ryuk.
The film completely misses the point of the series.
The English dub is definitely one of the best out there.
I'd also recommend Black Lagoon for that same reason.
Haven't seen the live action of FMA but I've heard it's one of the better adaptions for anime.
It is my humble opinion that Netflix has unintentionally stumbled upon the cure to a dreaded malady that is plaguing today's youth, Weeabooism. First with Death Note, and now Fullmetal Alchemist. After watching either of these "films" you will walk away no longer loving anime. One of the first things you will notice is the pillowy breasts of your Waifu mouse mat caressing your wrists will feel oh so wrong. You will see a Katana and your stomach will churn with disgust. You will turn from your plastic Gundam models with a heavy heart. You will recoil from your waifu body pillow, your soul shattered.
Don't waste your time.
It's 2 seasons worth of television squished into a single movie.
Netflix Originals aren't a marker for being bad. Remaking anime television shows into a live action movie is a marker for being bad. Live Action Anime rarely, if ever, turns out well. Anime is good because it can do things that real actors/budgets cannot.
The casting was fairly poor. The only one I feel like they nailed was Maes Hughes, that actor was PERFECT. But the actress choice for Winry was terrible, the actor for Ed was pretty bad, and most everybody else was only cast ok. Mustang's fire effects weren't terrible, but lacked the punch they had in the anime. The fight choreography was fairly bad. The pacing was WAY too fast. In all, it wasn't bad, but all I could think while watching it was "I should just rewatch Brotherhood, this is a waste of time".
Remember, Netflix bought distribution rights to bring us this monstrosity stateside. Japanese anime movies always end up being terrible and this one is no different. Though none of them will live up to the garbage bomb that was dragon Ball evolution
I'm actually watching it right now.
It's better than I thought it would be.
Idk about this movie but I just finished brotherhood and it was amazing. By the end it had me caring about characters I should not have cared about.
It's not a Netflix original btw, not produced by them.
You should definitely watch the anime and since you don't watch much of it, go ahead and watch FMA Brotherhood, it's on Netflix. It's one of the best anime of all time.
bro im 20 mins in, its your typical anime cringe, but live action
Edit: ay fam just finished it. the worst scenes were by far the one with winry. i dont know why envy was there, his purpose didnt even have an affect on the movie. roy's flame effects looked dope. overall, it was fine, waaaaay better than the attack on titan movie tho.