FILM REVIEW: Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV

Summary: The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

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I have to confess that I’ve never seen any other Final Fantasy film, but boasting a voice cast including Aaron Paul, Sean Bean and Lena Headey, I was very curious to see this. I do remember when the first film was released to a fanfare of applause over CGI that first brought “strand of hair” resolution. But since then, we’ve had the likes of Pixar and Avatar, so we wondered, “how far had the technology progressed?”

Visually, it’s spectacular (from a CGI perspective) – the opening battle scenes are very reminiscent of Edge of Tomorrow and Battle Los Angeles… just computer generated. And borrow heavily from other films this movie does, whether it’s style, camera-shot, tone or story-line. My brother & I had a running commentary of all the films that we could name – some battle set-pieces featured creatures similar to Starship Troopers, some city shots were dead on the mark of Blade Runner, the costumes & sets style award goes to Dune, storyline & script elements courtesy of Star Wars & Lord of the Rings, even the car stunt-work was from Fast & Furious, and the final battle scenes are a mash-up of Pacific Rim and Transformers!

That said, if you’re going to borrow from anyone, it might as well be from the most iconic genre masterpieces, and to be fair, Final Fantasy does this very well, with their own CGI spin to it. In fact, the only real criticism we had of the movie was the last act – those final battle scenes were just visually too much / confusing on the final fight scenes! But it was a very enjoyable hour & 40 mins, introduced by both director Takeshi Nozue, and Ned Stark himself, Sean Bean – and we can’t praise the high standard of CGI enough… on a hi-def screen, the Blu-Ray will look amazing… a great weekend night treat with pop-corn & pizza!

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV arrives on Digital on 30th August, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Limited Edition Steelbook from 30th September.

GS Blogger: Rico & Joe

GS Rating: 3.5/5


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