GGUK had the opportunity to watch a private screening of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva at the cinema on the 21st May. Fans of the tea loving archaeologist Professor Layton will thoroughly enjoy this new animated featured film.
This was the first European screening and to say I was a little excited was an understatement. I’ve always enjoyed the Professor Layton series because I feel it offers gamers something a little bit extra by way of it’s logical and lateral thinking puzzles. The storyline in the background always made intriguing and exciting entertainment, as we follow the Professor and Luke on their great adventures. This animated movie centres around Professor Layton who receives a letter containing some opera tickets from his former student, the now famous opera singer Jenis Quatlane. The letter informs the professor that a friend of hers that passed away a year ago has now suddenly reappeared as a seven year old girl, claiming that she is immortal. Professor Layton and Luke Triton decide that they must figure out this great mystery and, with the help of Professor Layton’s assistant Remi Altava, they make their journey to see the opera at the Crown Petone Theatre.
There they watch a performance composed by a pianist called Oslo Whistler, based on research by Layton’s mentor, Dr Schraeder, into the legend of the ancient kingdom of Ambrosia, which is the land of eternal life. Slowly and surely the real motives of the spectators becomes apparent, to acquire eternal life. I’m not going to give away any spoilers, so you’re going to have to wait until the autumn 2010 when it comes out on DVD.
I personally enjoyed this animated film because it contained everything great about Professor Layton and was quite true to the game. The animation was superb. It also didn’t stem too far from the game, which made it even more entertaining to watch. It even had the special background noises of when Professor Layton is thinking or when he has just solved a puzzle. If you can imagine the way the game is played out, it’s more or less the same but without so many puzzles to solve. I just hope that when they switch to English voice actors it doesn’t get messed up. Watching the movie, I kept thinking how well they had managed to go from game to the big screen and I came away feeling confident that this would be a film that Professor Layton fans will love. The movie portrays Professor Layton as a fine British gentleman with a powerful mind that can solve all of the puzzles and mysteries that life throws at him.