Parasyte Part 1 and 2 do not completely capture the essence of the manga. But nonetheless is still a reasonable watch.
High school student Izumi Shinichi wakes up one day to discover his right arm has been taken over by a powerful parasitic alien. He then learns that many others have been invaded too. In all other cases, the aliens also completely take over their human hosts . Together with Migi, who develops a symbiotic relationship with him, Shinichi investigates further and tries to thwart the aliens’ efforts to harvest humans for food. At the same time, he also has to fight off other parasite controlled humans. Many of which are disgusted by how he retained his human consciousness.
First of all, I know it’s odd to review two movies as one. But the twin episodes of the live-action adaptation of Parasyte are so close in story and style, they really could be considered as one movie. A four-hour long one, that is.
Secondly, if you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’d know I’m not too for live-adaptations of anime. As I wrote previously, it’s such a daunting task. How much of the story or characters do you retain or change? How do you replicate the signature but outrageous elements of manga/anime in live action, such as green hair, and not end up with the final product looking ridiculous?
Parasyte has it a little easier in the latter area. In the sense its human characters mostly look and feel “normal.” I wouldn’t say I’m entirely satisfied with the live-action versions of Shinichi or Migi, but at they didn’t feel nonsensical. As for effects, these turned out to be far better than I expected. Especially when compared to other live-action adaptions during that period. Overall, my only complaint about the twin Parasyte movies is the one that most fans would have. By condensing ten tankōbon amount of content into four hours, the philosophical essence of the original story is lost. The twin movies regress to being run-of-the-mill body horror affairs. None of the scare moments are particularly noteworthy too.
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