Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV online movie review - A step up from Square-Enix
Initially I came into this film with certain concerns and worries that it would follow the same 2-Dimensional trajectory as Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - A movie with a
lack of plot points, designed to branch out the franchise with some cool CGI cinematic sequences and showcase a higher class of action sequences. Although the film didn't disappoint in the cinematic action sequences and CGI department I was pleasantly surprised to see a convincing, relate-able and most importantly understandable plot; meanwhile becoming emotionally attached to characters throughout this one hour and 50 minute journey.
As far as voice acting is concerned Sean Bean and Aaron Paul gave exceptional performances and were very well cast, Lena Hedley not only performed well for her character role of Lunafreya Nox Fleurt but also narrates various parts of the movie beautifully. The soundtrack for the movie was excellent, as is standard for the series and even incorporated some tracks and OST from the game trailers which is a real delight for any die hard fans out there.
Storytelling in this movie really stands out, which is something the previous two Final Fantasy movies failed in. A brief history of the current affairs between the regions of Niflheim and Lucis is established as well as an actual motive for the cause. Some things aren't established within this movie; however as a prequel that is later to be expanded on a different platform I can understand the deliberate neglect for it. Lunafreya also has various redeeming qualities and avoids becoming your typical "Damsel-in-Distress" character we've seen throughout the years and is very likable throughout the film, as are many other minor characters that the movie succeeds in keeping relevant and redeeming.
Die hard fans will also appreciate small Easter eggs within the film such as small references to chocobo's, Gil and even a small homage at the end of the film to the game's upcoming heroes.
Cinematically nearly every scene is beautifully illustrated and nearly every landscape shot is breathtaking and memorable. Action scenes are very fast paced as well as incredibly intense and every character is given their own unique fighting style which allows every battle to come across as fresh and bound to have you on the edge of your seat.
All in all this is a fantastic movie and you won't need a Phd in Final Fantasy to understand the plot or enjoy any other aspect of the film. The film is a prequel to a game that expands on a few loose ends on a secondary platform and should be treated as such, go in with an open mind and you'll come out with a blown one.