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Just seen @ the cinema: Final Fantasy

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Reiner, Jul 22, 2001.

  1. Reiner

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    Well, much anticipated movie and so far the critics haven't really said anything nice about it (at least not down here) so I will do that now. ;)

    Based on the famous computer game (have never seen it myself) the main criticism of the movie was it's story but one should not forget that this is not your typical Hollywood movie but had rather a lot of Japanse influence. So if you are into Anime/Mangga then you might be interested.

    That said the graphics are just awesome, the human-like characters do just that, they look, move and behave like humans. Sure, it's not 100% perfect but damned close and I was more than impressed.
    As well I found the story quite alright though I might have overlooked the flaws as I was perhaps more interested in the technology (the CGI).

    I guess this will be the future: cheap actors which are easy to maintain with no demands, they can't be injured during stunts and they will always stay young. Hell, they can actually age in one movie and become young again after that.
    Ok, I don't want to go too far and get rid of all those great real human actors, but there is some potential in that.

    My rating: **** out of 5

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    are malaysian release dates in line or just slightley oout of the release dates in the US. You seem to have the luxury of reviewing films before us in blighty have seen them, unless you go to previews. In saying that, you're a fairly useful guide to have before i go to the cinema, better than the assholes form the newspapers in which films can feel honoured to receive a *** review, a score films, even good ones rarely better.
     
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    A lot of movies are released here before Europe, they do have sneak pre-views, too, but that's rather a week ahead only before the official release dates.

    I guess reason being is that going to the cinema is a "big event" here, especially for youngsters as there is nothing much else to do in their free time or for dating out your girl.
    (As you know it's dark inside the cinema ...) ;)

    However some movies may not make it to here at all, usually due to censorship though they are perhaps screened in Singapore or Thailand. But also the other way around may apply ...

    Going to the movies is bloody cheap here (about GBP2 only) though you need to put up with censor cuts (where applicable) and two subtitles (Chinese and Malay).
    The censor cuts occasionally render the movie unwatchable so we need to resort to (pirated) VCDs which are usually available before the movie is even screened here.

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    Seems we're in a minority Reiner, I thought it was good aswell. <br />The problem that critics have with the script seems a bit daft as, like any film that cost a lot of money to produce, they have to play to the lowest braincell count in the audience in the hope that it'll appeal to more people and therefore make more money. You don't see the critics ripping the latest big budget action movie script to pieces so why with this one? <br />As for action scenes themselves, I thought there was plenty to chew on. I never expected 100% perfect animation but this is the closest I've ever seen. <br />It seems to me that some people went out to pick fault with it, and if you go out with that attitude you can do it with any film.<br />I enjoyed it but I can see that plenty wouldn't.

    So that's two of us Reiner! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
     
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    Nobody else? Hm, seems the "spiritual" content did then not appeal very well to western audiences!?<br />What a shame. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
     
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    Still, at least it means we can get our mitts on the official DVD release of it a bit quicker, rather than having to spin my "less-than-kosher" DVD I've got at the moment.<br />I think it'll perform well with DVD sales as it's the kind of thing that will really make any system look and sound amazing. Visually it's stunning, but at the end of the day it's still animation so just how "real" do people expect it to look? It's as if audiences and critics turned up expecting to be fooled into thinking the cast were real and if they gave themselves away as being animated characters then they felt the need to tear the film to pieces. The story may be a little off-beat compared to what people usually get dished up at the movies, but it's rooted in anime, and it's far more thought provoking than something like Pearl Harbor could ever be.

    It will find its audience, maybe not now while it's on a theatrical release, but a lot of people will pick up the disc even if only to show their system off to their friends, and after a while the point behind the film will start to sink in. It'll take a while but I honestly believe in the future this will get the appreciation it desreves, not as groundbreaking animation, but as a "proper" film with something to say.<br />The song on the end credits stinks like a day old turd though <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

    I'd also like to add to that prediction that in time, Tomb Raider will be regarded as the new Citizen Kane <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
     

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