Latest Monster Hunter film photo gives hope for a (somewhat) faithful adaptation

    
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At this point, it’s a fairly natural reaction to be wary of video game movie adaptations, especially ones that employ the tired old “person from the real world gets trapped in the alternate-dimension game world” trope, as is the case with the upcoming Monster Hunter movie. One of the first on-set photos of the film, which showed star Milla Jovovich in modern military gear and leaning against a Humvee, didn’t do much to assuage fans’ trepidation, but the latest production image shows that there may be hope yet.

This time, instead of being decked out with an assault rifle and kevlar, Jovovich is attired in some traditional Monster Hunter armor — specifically an Odogaron-inspired breastplate — complete with wrist-mounted slinger. Co-star Tony Jaa, meanwhile, is the spitting image of Monster Hunter World’s Field Team Leader, from his leather armor right down to his massive Giant Jawblade greatsword. He also appears to be carrying a bow of some sort, though my MHW weapon knowledge is not nearly encyclopedic enough to identify it offhand. Nevertheless, if you were one of the many folks who were afraid the Monster Hunter movie would just be two hours of army men trying to blast a Rathalos out of the air with assault rifles and fighter jets, perhaps this will give you some hope that it won’t be entirely terrible.

Source: Kotaku
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There’s something REALLY off-putting about a real person wielding a gigantic sword made out of bone.

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Armsbend

I really don’t understand why anyone cares. Stupid movie of a more stupid video game. This isn’t an adaptation of Dickens here folks.

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The MHW subreddit is having a field day with the movie news.

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Is it made in Hollywood? Then it’s gonna be shit.

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I fully expect it to be dumb as hell which is par for the course and I’m fine with, but I didn’t know Tony Jaa in it! Was probably going to see it before, but definitely seeing it now, he’s rad as hell.

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This image does make me less wary about this movie; maybe even cautiously optimistic. Granted, I always enjoy a good giant monster flick, regardless of the tech level of the humans.

I wonder if there will be any event monsters in MHW once this movie comes out.

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Monster Hunter was always a giant monster flick, the story was never the main drive (in 4 ultimate it was pretty good) so there’s not a lot to ruin there, but when I heard about real world, portals, US Army, that is beyond nonsense.

But these pictures make me slightly hopeful that the movie will be about kicking a giant monster’s ass with cool weapons, still, I feel like it’ll lose me if I see a Rathalos breathing fire in Manhattan.