Final Score: 8.1
One Piece Film: Gold is the 13th theatrical film in the One Piece franchise (I was honestly unaware there were 13 movies, I thought there were like 4). Most of you here are already familiar with One Piece; if you aren’t it’s pretty easily described as a kid, whose body is made of rubber due to magic fruit, wants to become king of the pirates and goes on lots of adventures with his ragtag pirate group. This movie is said group, the Straw Hat Pirates, going to a Las Vegas-like city and gambling lots of borrowed cash. How can that go wrong?
One Piece Film: Gold is impressively massive. As the sentiment of Las Vegas would have you believe, Gran Tesoro is decked out in gold to the point that guests are greeted with gold dust. Not to mention Gran Tesoro is a ship at least six miles long and is even considered a sovereign nation. Here everything is glitz and glamour especially for Luffy and crew who are VIPs at Gran Tesoro. Things are all fun until the city’s leader Gild Tesoro tricks the Straw Hat crew and endangers the life of Roronoa Zoro.
Overall this film was fantastic. It had a decent enough story to pull you along, a little drama here and there, and, the best part, never took itself too seriously. And for One Piece, that’s a really good thing. One Piece is a show that knows when to make you laugh and when to make you cry. Lucky this film had the right balance of both and the grand scale of casino city-ship made it all the more impressive. As a bonus for the movie: my lovely mother, who was not only willing to take me to the movie but also nice enough to watch it with me, enjoyed the movie.
I only have a few problems with the movie: A) Nami’s waist (I guess technically this is a problem with the whole series but whatever). You know I can accept all the ridiculous Gum Gum fruit powers that appear in this movie, and the show for that matter, but Nami’s waist is ridiculous. One of Nami’s first shots in the movie shows her with waist that could disappear. That’s how thin and ridiculous it was. I’m really surprised Nami doesn’t snap in half during battle. To be fair it looks much better when she’s clothed but Nami is often in a bikini top meaning her really unrealistic waist is glaringly there. “What’s the big deal? It’s a show about pirates with magical fruit.” Ok except Nami used to have a normal waist. There is no way that just happened when her bust suddenly increased like 7 cup sizes. But really what I’m asking for is that they draw it better because sometimes it’s like they weren’t even trying, I mean, LOOK AT IT. THEY CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.
B) Gold – According to this movie, this entire city is made with, or covered in, some form of gold. Gild Tesoro boasts that he has a building made from solid gold and frequently characters are shown having problems dealing with the items made of gold.
Realistically however gold is only a 2.5 on the Mohr scale of mineral hardness (where talc is 1 and diamond is 10). This puts gold in between gypsum and calcite meaning almost every mineral can in some way scratch gold. Pure gold is a weak mineral and as such is often mixed with other minerals when used to make jewelry (24k being pure gold with the other being less gold, more other minerals). This matters because Gild Tesoro controls gold and it is the main obstacle of the movie. In reality the gold shouldn’t cause those people so many problems. It isn’t as hard as people think and especially not hard enough to take all of the beatings the movie shows it. I know, really, I can ignore this problem but constantly throughout the movie I just kept thinking “Gold isn’t THAT strong.”
However if we ignore these two problems, well then I have to say this movie was well worth coming to see in theaters. It boasts an interesting story crafted by the series mangaka Eiichiro Oda, overall good animation, great character designs, a fun soundtrack, and the ever lovable crew of Straw Hat pirates. What more could you ask for?
One Piece Film: Gold is currently running in theaters and will be until the 17th. If you have the chance, I’d highly recommend checking out the film, even if you’re not a One Piece fan. I mean, hey, if my mom enjoyed it, then you’ll probably have a good time too!