Firstly the thing about this film that left a bitter taste in my mouth was that the plot is meant to provide some context for the video game Final Fantasy 15, now I believe the game is while a little flawed in some areas, is an all-around fun game and I’m enjoying my time with it. However, if someone came up to me and told me that I had to read a textbook in order to understand the basic nature of a product which should’ve have had that information anyway, then that would leave a bad taste in my mouth. Not only does that leave the game lacking some sort of context on its own, but it leaves the movie in this middle ground where people are buying the film to actually enjoy the story or just getting it to understand what the hell is going on.

The films focuses on Nyx, a member of the Kingsglaive which serves in the Kingdom of Insomnia (Fantasy names amirite) Nyx is charged with taking care of princess Luna Freya who has been the hostage of the opposing Kingdom Nifelhiem and now an arranged marriage and a treaty should bring an end to the hostility between the two factions. But a double-cross ensues and Nyx must protect Luna and the King in order to see them safely out of the city.

Sean Bean as King Regis

The story is very complex and could be argued as being overly complicated, I mean they even have the opening narration go on for a while just explaining the context. They needed to give context for the film that gave context for the game, see the issue here? Apparently this isn’t only piece of Final Fantasy XV media out there as there is an animated series titled Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV which covers the backstories of the characters in the game, apparently the story of XV is so gigantic that instead of shipping it as multiple games they decided to release it in multiple media formats. That’s definitely a lot of content to ingest if you want to get the full story, however for each piece of media to be successful then surely it would need to stand out on its own? It wouldn’t need the excuse of leaning on another text just to it qualifies as good.

Is that the case with this film? I’d say that the film does stand out as its own story, but that doesn’t mean it’s brilliant. The story feels very generic at times with clichés you’ve definitely seen in other films like a character sacrificing himself so the main characters can escape but for some reason, they stay to see the guy die. Another one where a character is left behind on the battlefield and the main character goes against his order to leave him there and decides to save him. Clichés are fine if they can be manipulated to do something new that we haven’t seen before but when you know you have seen this moment so many times before then it loses the effect to keep the viewer invested. And there are some questionable moments like when there’s a giant octopus on the ship of the invading enemy. Why do they have that? You have an ungodly amount of firepower and even a giant demon monster at your disposal and one of your ideas that would make for a good invasion strategy is “Bring the giant Octopus”. Is Aquaman part of your military strategic force and this was your way of making him feel useful?

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CGI

What was impressive about the film was the overall CGI work done, a fully CGI film can lead to an uncanny valley effect and pull you out the experience. For an example of that, you can look at recent work by Robert Zemeckis like The Polar Express or The Christmas Carol to see how terrifying the human face can be when it looks like it’s been made out of butter. But here it works quite well as they really put in the extra effort to get all the details right like skin and the environments. The cinematography worked well in the film too with managing to capture action scenes effectively whilst also working well to capture quiet moments.

Overall the film while flawed and a little generic, it does manage to stand up on its own. The impressive visual effects add spectacle and entertaining visually and the story does set up possibilities for where the story could go. Have a watch if you’re a fan of the franchise, if you aren’t then this probably won’t be worth your time.

Dir: Takeshi Nozue

Scr: Takashi Hasegawa

Cast:  Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean,

Music: John R. Graham

Country: Japan

Runtime: 1hr 50 mins

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now

One thought on “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (DVD Review)”
  1. Great review James. FF fan? One word for you. Final fantasy VII