12 August 2019 | jadavix
An unusual hero in an otherwise tedious anime flick
"Space Adventure Cobra" isn't as entertaining as I remembered. It's too good-natured to dislike openly, and I appreciated the fact that the hero is actually very unusual for an adventuresome protagonist. But I also found it impossible to follow or care about.
The movie begins with a pre-credits sequence showing Cobra performing some heroic action. The credits come on with music and slow visuals that are straight out of any James Bond movie. So I thought, oh, I get it, Cobra is like a spacefaring James Bond. When the Bond-girl stand in, a female bounty hunter was introduced, that seemed a safe bet.
But then the duo were attacked by a flying alien head, and Cobra's efforts to stop it were a failure - the bounty hunter lady saved the day. And she wasn't interested in Cobra, although he was interested in her. But when she realised who he was, she seduced him, rather than the other way around.
Cobra is actually a pretty hapless character, not suave at all, though he is charismatic. The movie is probably more about the lady and her sisters, who are imprisoned on a planet somewhere, and she wants Cobra to help her save them - although she hardly seems to need his help.
I wasn't able to interest myself in any of this, and nor could I focus on it for long. It's pretty boring and confusing, and just seems like style over anything else - and the style isn't even that great.