Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie full length review - Tolerable only for the graphics
This is the kind of movie and storyline that appeals to those who enjoyed Transformers 2 and the follow-ups. The animation is admittedly incredible. All the way through the video I kept wondering how they did this. As an example of animation, this is hard to beat.
But the action, "choreography" and timing is the film-maker's equivalent of throwing a bunch of parts into a transparent plastic bag and shaking it up. At several times throughout the action sequences, the direction and focus are so haphazard and disjointed one cannot even tell what is going on. There is such a thing as "too much action". Action junkies will have a face feast on this fare. Don't expect anything beyond that.
The storyline is amateurish. The characters are two-dimensional and cliché, the plot line predictable to anyone who has ever watched mega-battle Japanime. It is an obvious marketing-ploy script aimed at fans of Final Fantasy-- and misses the thinking portion of those by miles. If you enjoy films that have some kind of resolution at the end, give this one wide berth.
Anyone who has ever watched a Samurai flick where more talking occurs between the combatants than actual fighting, will see the trend continuing here. The Japanese are great fans of disaster drama. There is no lack here of warriors on both sides exposing their souls to their enemy, explaining their every motive and emotion while concurrently beating one another to death.
Throw any threshold of belief out the window. If viewers enjoy watching the hero and female lead surviving the un-survivable again, and again, and yet again, this is going to be a gourmet meal.
Plot, substance, recognizable climax and resolution-- who needs such things in movie development? Just throw in another unstoppable mega monster to keep the heroes occupied and the viewers glued to their chairs. This movie is a train wreck filmed from every angle, then wrecked again and again, adding more trains to the pile. Then add to that a super-armored madman bad-guy who seems to fight just as well when that armor is scorched red-hot and half of it torn away-- well, that describes Kingsglaive from beginning to end.
If you enjoy watching endless action and violence and require no actual plot, this will be a highly-appreciated movie. If on the other hand you are a viewer who enjoys a little substance in your story, this will be disappointing. All stars I give this are for animation. Beyond that, the continual-climax, pointless storyline and "what were they thinking?" ending is sure to drive critics to give this a double-thumbs down slamfest.