'Ultraman Geed Movie - Connect the Wishes!'
(Hideo Ishiguro, Miyabi Matsuura, Naoto Takahashi, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / NR / (2018) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: The Giant Artificial Brain Gilbaris is trying to eliminate all intellectual life forms throughout the universe. Ultraman Geed confronts the harsh fate against a mighty enemy who withstands the power of Ultra Warriors’ light.
Ultraman Orb, Jugglus Juggler, and Ultraman Zero rush to the crisis! And the heated feelings inside Riku awakens Geed’s Ultimate form – Ultimate Final!
Blu-ray Verdict: In my humble opinion, 'Ultraman Geed Movie - Connect the Wishes!' is superior to the 'Ultraman Orb' film, not nearly as good as the 'Ultraman X' film (but, in fairness, little else is!)
I have several little issues with it here and there - the structure and pacing is a little creaky, Riku is more insufferable as a protagonist than usual, some of Sakamoto's composite work can diminish the overall impact of the effects - but the movie as a whole turns out to be a pretty solid entry for the franchise.
It doesn't hurt that this is a film that's pretty heavy on expanding the cross-franchise lore, with callbacks to 'Ultraman Zero - The Movie' and a continuation of the plotline from the best pair of 'Ultraman Orb' episodes; and I'm an easy mark for that kind of storytelling.
Unlike the Orb film this one had a very involved and broadening plot (thanks again to writer Otsuichi) that felt organic and layered. It's very epic in scope and it does everything that the series did so well.
It helps that with Geed all the characters are involved in Geed's world saving adventures as opposed to a side cast that interacts on the periphery.
Indeed, that helps keep the same vibe and get everyone involved for the movie. I had so much fun.
Hell, 'Ultraman Orb' and his nemesis Juggler even show up so I got that good Gurenai Kai action goodness. Just fantastic and a perfect continuation to the series!
In closing, the tropical, Okinawan setting is a really lovely change of pace from the usual generic cities and TPC's interpretation of a Shisa kaiju is GORGEOUSLY designed. Unlike the Orb movie, I can definitely see myself revisiting this one despite its problems. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Ultraman Geed Movie - Connect the Wishes!' [Blu-ray] is out March 17th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.