By Dave B.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky (Netflix) is the popular franchise’s first standalone film. In it, the Sins find a mythical land populated by the winged Celestials, descendants of the Goddess Clan. The Celestials are bound by ancient customs and rules that are ill-suited to the imminent threat they face: a demon army that has been locked up for 3,000 years since the last great war is about to be released and the only hope the Celestials have for survival is to evolve beyond their hidebound ways and join forces with Sins to try and defeat the most powerful enemy any of them have yet encountered.
Much like the third season of The Seven Deadly Sins, the series’ first movie is filled with the juvenile humor, good action, and boatloads of heart that fans of the show will love and most others are unlikely to understand at all. Prisoners of the Sky maintains the franchise’s reputation for solid animation and reveals some slightly interesting tidbits about the show’s mythology. Plus, I’m always a fan of the theme that traditions are only useful until they aren’t, at which point they should be modified or discarded. However, despite nothing being particularly wrong with Prisoners of the Sky, my main thought while watching it was that it would have been better to put the resources devoted to creating it to a better use like…I don’t know…getting the next season of “Deadly Sins” out a bit sooner.
Prisoners of the Sky, while offering nothing much new to the show’s main storyline, is entertaining enough that it will sate the appetite of hardcore fans and I recommend that they watch it. But for anyone who hasn’t been watching “Deadly Sins” from the beginning, there’s no point in taking the time to see this movie. It isn’t a great starting off point because it requires prior knowledge to understand what’s going on and, quite frankly, “Deadly Sins” definitely remains an acquired taste.
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