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After two excellent films with a very faithful reproduction of Kentaro Miura’s famous manga (which currently has 39 volumes in Japan), this third Berserk film may be the most awaited, as it is probably the most striking and most iconic of the saga, comes to close this first phase before the second which will find its continuation in an animated series!
This third film, marking the end of the so-called “Golden Age”, will be released in 2013!
Following the departure of Guts (but also his defeat in front of him), Griffith loses foot and is introduced in the room of the princess of the kingdom of Midland, which will not fail to fan the anger of the king!
Griffith is captured and atrociously tortured and the entire falcon troop is chased by the soldiers of the kingdom.
It is here, while they are cornered, that Guts returns and gives hope to the whole troop, including Casca who finally opens the eyes on the feelings she feels for the powerful warrior. Together they decide to rescue Griffith who is nothing but the shadow of the charismatic leader he was … But dreams of ambition of the latter have still not disappeared and he could well lead all his old comrades to an atrocious end …
The golden age is called this because it corresponds to the glory phase of the falcon troupe … but it is also the golden age of the series before it collapses. and become a parody of herself with the addition of uninteresting characters, more annoying than anything else!
We must therefore enjoy and fully enjoy this last part, which is also proving to be the most violent and the most unhealthy!
The film opens with a troop of diminished falcon, fleeing the soldiers of the king, the same troop that was once adulated by the kingdom and to whom the future opened its doors! While undergoing an assault led by assassins (who come from another country, but this will be learned in the series and not in this film) the hawk troupe, and more specifically Casca) is rescued by Guts who reminds those who have forgotten how powerful and terrifying he is with his gigantic sword!
Then follows the release of Griffith who will also turn to the butchery before “advent” begins, the advent of the fifth member of God’s hand!
If the first part of the film is interesting and shows many wild and violent sequences, it is nothing compared to the second part with an “advent” easily occupying half of the film!
From there the face of the series will change, we leave the warrior title with his knights fighting to conquer kingdoms, to enter purely into the fantastic and the horror. We had already had some taste, especially with Zodd, but this time we dive totally, there is a change of radical atmosphere!
The change of scenery (and therefore visual) is accompanied by a change of sound … but it is not only music, the whole sequence will be covered by cries of horror and horror!
A radical change of tone that has an incredible effect, even if we read the manga and we know what will happen, it does not prevent us from having chills!
There is no word to describe the unspeakable horror that the characters will experience: an ocean of blood, mountains of corpses, walls of monsters all more unhealthy than each other, monsters that Lovecraft would have not disowned (little nod of the members of “God Hand” who refer to Hellraiser) …
In the midst of this horror, the first to die will be the luckiest, they will save themselves an endless terror and endless agony!
If the first films were already very strong in terms of savagery and violence, it still pushes the cursor, but violently! The scene, for example, where Guts loses his arm, in an absolutely atrocious way, is really trying for the spectator who will share the pain of his hero, a strong scene, animated by anger and savagery, but which will be almost unbearable!
As you might expect, the film ends on a non-ending, henceforth giving way to the animated series, part never adapted until then!
So we end this third film still in shock events that occurred during the eclipse with only one desire: to plunge either in the manga or in the series … but we know that this sequel will never be exciting and exciting than what you’ve just experienced … and it’s really frustrating!
An excellent third film, the one with which Berserk totally falls into horror! Always well done, we are captivated from beginning to end!