Goin’ Back to “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” – A Movie Review

The potboilers continue, this time in anime and with bioterrorism.  I’m talking about 2002’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

The place is Mars, the year 2071.  A “cowboy” is a bounty hunter, Bebop the name of the spaceship; hence we watch a team of said hunters fly the Bebop in pursuit of those bioterrorists.  This is my first taste of Cowboy Bebop, which is a dubbed Japanese TV series which used to be on the Cartoon Network.  Despite its imperfections the dubbed movie is cool and unassuming, far better than the ludicrous anime, Metropolis (2001).  At its best it is haunting, insidious, in one scene darkly erotic.

The plot is a mess but I didn’t care, having too much fun as I did with flavorous characters and animation.  The director is Shinichiro Watanabe, the animation director, a busy dude, is Toshihiro Kawamoto. Rated R, it is not a family film, but it should satisfy potboiler devotees if they don’t mind cartoon formats.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

21 thoughts on “Goin’ Back to “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” – A Movie Review”

  1. I haven’t watch this movie yet I heard this movie from my friends. They really like this cowboy bebop because of the funny series of scenes. They really enjoy watching this movie and I enjoy listening them talking about this movie. Thanks for the review.

  2. This is actually new to me but it looks interesting.. I am not sure if my husband would love this too.. Anyway, thanks for the news here..

  3. I’ve watched the TV series but was not aware they made it into a movie. Looking forward to seeing it on the big screen!

  4. Classifying Cowboy Bebop isn’t as easy as you might think. Slapping a science fiction label on it is easy enough, but many more genres are blended in. Elements of epic drama, slapstick comedy, and blistering action sequences that are comparable to the best of John Woo can all be found in this series. Many fans have just dubbed it a “space western”, but I think that makes the series seem more superfluous than it really is. I prefer to think of it as a “sci-fi film noir action-adventure”. But maybe that’s getting a little too technical.

  5. Visually, the series is stunning, with a style that seems unique to anime. Despite being science fiction, many parts give off an early 20th century jazzy vibe, which complements the story and music well.

  6. I’ve seen this movie already, and I came to like it. The plot may be a little disorganized, but it lives to the Cowboy Bebop story that its fans love.

  7. Cowboy Bebop is one of my favorite anime character. That is i’m so excited to watch this movie. Thanks for the review!

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