The Lovely Warrior Cutey Honey Has Returned!
Sometimes she's the cute girl next door. Other times she can be a police officer. Sometimes she can even be a nurse. However, her true identity is the lovely warrior Cutey Honey aka Honey Kisaragi (Eriko Sato). Based off the anime character, who not only enticed it's fans with camp like humor over the years, but has flirted along the lines of perversions as well. For those that are unfamiliar with her character, Cutey Honey is essentially an android, or copy of girl that died in a terrible accident. Her father being so distraught over her death; he decided to build copy of his little girl. Then bestowing upon her a powerful device that's called the I-system, a device capable of allowing Honey to change her appearance to her desired form. Changing to either a hot biker girl, a sexy office worker, or the lovely warrior Cutey Honey, just to name a few. Although there have been many different versions of her origin in various animes about "Cutey Honey", it seems this film, for the most part, assumes that the person watching this knows about her history. Which needless to say, shuns out a lot of people who aren't into anime; let alone people who have probably never even heard of Cutey Honey.
Anyway, to get back to the story, the infamous Panther Claw group, led by Sister Jill, wants to rule and dominate the world. If that wasn't evil enough, Sister Jill also wants to steal Cutey Honey's I-system and become one with her, as she believes her powers could hold the key to preserving her immortality and power.
Unlike most modern super hero films these days, "Cutie Honey" doesn't try to be realistic, plausible or even believable in anyway. No, "Cutie Honey" offers more of a surrealistic style if anything. Using various camp humor and light "tongue and cheek" eroticism to entice it's audiences. Which does a great job replicating the appeal of the various anime series, in the past, as they offered those same elements. Sadly, it doesn't translate that well into a live action film. As any true anime fan knows, some animes feature over the top camp humor that often works because the audience is less discerning about the realism of it's content. Where as in live action movies, over the top camp humor just comes off as silly and distracts from the central story line. Making the plot seem ridiculous and rather laughable, to say the least. Now, just imagine how hard it must be to adapt an anime that's primarily based on camp humor along with subtle erotica. If you can, then you should know how horribly bad "Cutie Honey" actually is.
Although some of the reviews I've read about this film online, suggest to overlook the story because of how unbelievably hot Eriko Sato is in this role. Which even I'll admit, she is rather lovely. In fact, I'll go even as far as to say, next to a friend of mine on hubpages, she's possibly the hottest Asian girl I've ever seen. Does that mean I'm going to give this film any credit for how hot she looks? Hell no. Sorry, Eriko Sato. It didn't work having a hot girl in the live action "Transformers" and "Charlie's Angels" movies, to cover up a horrible and cliché ridden story with sexy hot girls. Therefore, it's certainly not going to work with you either. As "Cutie Honey" makes those other movies seem Oscar worthy by comparison, so you know I'm not going to cut this film any type of slack for that. However, I would cut it some slack if any of the acting performances (not looks) were great, but that's not even the case either. As you can just flat out tell these actors were reading lines off a freaking script.
Add in some of the cheesiest and cheapest special effects imaginable, to go along with your mediocre predictable storyline, and you have yourself "Cutie Honey." A lame movie that does follow the cartoon it was based on faithfully like "Popeye" did a while back, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing. As there are some cartoons and animes that simply don't translate well onto the big screen, no matter how hard you try to adapt it faithfully. Unfortunately, it seems "Cutie Honey" just happens to be one of those particular kind of animes. Does it follow the anime faithfully to the letter? Yes, it does. Does that mean it's a good movie? Certainly not.
All I can say about this film is unless your a huge fan of the anime or you just want to look at a hot girl, then knock yourself out with this movie. However, if you want to see a quality movie that's actually good that doesn't solely rely on camp humor and sex appeal, then I'd stay away from this one. Although the lovely warrior, "Cutie Honey", claims to be a fighter of love, I really loath and detest her movie. Hence, the word hate doesn't begin to describe my disgust of this movie, and it's blatant sexist theme to try to cover up a bad script.