Movie Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)


It’s clear that Hollywood doesn’t know what the fuck they’re doing when they try to make movies based on video games. So that’s why I’ll stick to Japan who have given us some really good ones.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV”.

Lucis is a land which holds a very powerful magic crystal that the kingdom of Niflheim wants. So the king of Lucis, king Regis (Sean Bean) orders his army to protect the land and the crystal at all costs. So it’s up to Nyx Ulric (Aaron Paul) and the rest of the Kingsglaive (roll credits) to protect the land. I know this all sounds like a bit of nonsense… but that’s kind of the point. Ever since the first “Final Fantasy” game was released, it’s been all about nonsense fantasy stuff. And “Kingsglaive” is no different in that regard. But the plot here is still interesting and fun to follow, especially if you’re a fan of the franchise. There is a lot of stuff going on, and I really enjoyed it all.

The characters in this movie are not the most interesting of individuals. They are not bad at all as far as characters go, but they are not too memorable. As for the performances… they’re pretty good. Of course there’s a lot to it since there’s voice acting, motion capture, and 3D-modeling on all characters… so I’m really only going to focus on the voice acting. Aaron Paul plays main character Nyx Ulric and he did a really good job. At first he can seem a bit stoic and flat, but he really gets to act out a bit more as the movie goes on. Not to Jesse Pinkman levels, but he still does a really good job. Lena Headey plays princess Lunafreya and she did a pretty good job, not fantastic, but she was good. Sean Bean as king Regis… old and wise and he’s really good. The rest of the cast (none as well known as the main three), they all do a really good job. Meh characters, really good acting.

The score was composed by John Graham & Yoko Shimomura and it is pretty epic. It’s big, bombastic, and badass. Perfectly fitting the “Final Fantasy” name while overall being pretty damn good. Seriously, it’s awesome.

Since this happens to be an animated feature we should talk about the animation… holy motherfucking shit, it is absolutely stunning. Look at the environments, looks at the characters’ faces, look at their hair! It all looks absolutely amazing. And the action scenes, while a bit jumpy at times are pretty damn badass. They’re huge and really fun to watch. The final act is a really bombastic and ridiculous action set piece that I had a blast watching.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 13% positive rating (ouch). On Metacritic it has a score of 35/100. And on it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I honestly had a blast with it. It had a fan plot, good performances, great music, fantastic animation, and really fun action scenes. However I will have to pull it down a little because of the cahracters not being very compelling and also because of some very quick cutting in a few action scenes. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is a 9,21/10. So I’d say that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is now completed.

That was fun… hopefully I’ll also have a blast whenever I get to play the game.



3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)

  1. Great review. For what it was, I also enjoyed the film. The visuals and action are the huge selling point. True spectacle. I liked our hero’s ‘warp’ weapon too. The final fight was almost Inception-like with all the dramatically changing angles. Thanks for spotlighting a niche flick like this. I hope more movie nerds discover this hidden gem.

  2. Good review. I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan, so I was excited to see Kingsglaive. It was great animation, good voice talents (from the main three and few side characters), and fan service nods to fans of the series. Like you said, it wasn’t made for everyone and while movie’s story was wrapped up (by the film’s end), the larger story (at play) was incomplete. I know the movie setup the events for Final Fantasy XV (the video game), but still. However, I did like the movie and watch it from time to time.

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