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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

This motion picture sets the stage for Final Fantasy XV nicely.

  • Text: Brandon Green
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If you were surprised by the fact that Final Fantasy XV was getting a CG film then you wouldn't be the only one. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was announced at the Uncovered event for Final Fantasy XV back in March 2016. It has been out for a while and the game, Final Fantasy XV, was recently released too. But is the film any good? Well, if you're a fan of Final Fantasy (better if you are die-hard fan of FFXV), then the answer would be yes, but that's not the case if you're just here for the movie.

The biggest positives are the CGI and special effects; they're simply jaw-dropping. CGI has been improving rapidly over the past decade, and Kingsglaive follows that trend and then some. This is one of the best looking CGI films to date, as the characters look almost lifelike and at a glance you might think they were real. The same can be said for the film's locations, too, as the city of Insomnia is exquisitely detailed, with each building having a great amount of attention paid to it.

The film's score is exceptional too, with each piece setting the tone for the respective scene. The music is as you'd expect from Final Fantasy; dramatic, orchestral, soothing, and relaxing, although there are of course exceptions. One track in particular, 'Calling for Rain,' is very catchy and is sure to be a favourite amongst viewers and Final Fantasy fans.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
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Photo: IMDb

The cast is also very good too, especially when it concerns the main characters. The three protagonists; Nyx Ulric, Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, and King Regis Lucis Caelum are voiced by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) respectively. All do a great job at voicing their characters, which is to be expected. The rest of the cast isn't too bad either, however, one character's voice acting was noticeably worse than the others, and that was Libertus, who stood out and felt out of place. It does improve towards the end, but is certainly noticeable.

Kingsglaive's narrative is where it starts to falter. The film has a good tale to tell, but if you have no prior experience to Final Fantasy XV, then you may get lost in the story and wonder what the hell is going on. If you've followed Final Fantasy XV for a while and know some of its lore then the story will be a lot clearer. The film is centred around King Regis, Lady Lunafreya, and the Kingsglaive, most notably Nyx. Noctis and his friends, who are the stars of Final Fantasy XV, have been sent out, so Noctis can wed Lunafreya. All of the events are set after Noctis leaves the city of Insomnia and before Final Fantasy XV starts.

The biggest thing that people who watch the film may not like is that in order to get the 'full' Final Fantasy XV story you have to get the game as well. This is the idea that Square Enix decided to go with, as it gets people who may not be into Final Fantasy (or games in general) to buy the game and see what happens after the events of the film, but we can imagine that some may be displeased at needing the game to compliment and finish the events of the film.

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV overall isn't a brilliant film but it's definitely one to give a go. Some people may get confused and somewhat perplexed with the story, but dedicated Final Fantasy fans, specifically Final Fantasy XV fans, will understand the majority of what's going on. The score is exceptional but what will amaze fans the most is the quality of the CGI and the special effects, which are some of the best we've seen in something of this type. If you have yet play Final Fantasy XV, watch Kingsglaive as it answers a lot of questions. If you have played the game but not watched the film, then we recommend that you do so, as it gives the game and the Final Fantasy XV universe more depth overall.

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Photo: IMDb
Photo: IMDb
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