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A True "Videogame Movie"
Forget Tomb Raider. Forget Doom. Hell, forget Final Fantasy: Spirits Within. THIS is how a video game movie should be done...one thats for true fans anyways. Rarely is a movie everything I expect it to be. FF7: Advent Children delivered on its promise to give us an entertaining look at the outcome of the multimillion dollar Playstation Hit Final Fantasy VII and then some. The visuals in this movie are absolutely stunning. For all the fans of the Final Fantasy series who not only enjoyed the amazing stories and gameplay that Squaresoft/Square-Enix produced for them but also the incredible CG sequences that accompanied those games, this movie is for you. And just as it is with those brief sequences used to enhance the storyline of the games, you'll be begging for more after this movie is over.
I must admit, however, that despite its breathtaking visuals and over-the-top, edge-of-your-seat action sequences, Advent Children will most likely fail to please die-hard fans who are expecting the same caliber of story and character development present in the video game. Not surprising considering that most RPGs develop their stories in 60+ hour quests. This is, of course, of no consequence to fans of Final Fantasy VII because the movie offers them a chance to see some of their old friends back in action again and with considerable face lifts. Just seeing all of my favorite characters again brings back so many memories and seeing them animated the way they are almost brings a tear to my eye.
For those who are not familiar with the game or even the Final Fantasy series, this movie will most likely come off as a highly stylized anime along the lines of Appleseed or Sky Blue, and considering that this movie was made by a video game company, thats not half bad. The one thing that I took away from this movie, and the one thing that I hope most other people will as well, is the ever present desire to ask: Why aren't there more movies like this? I do hope that Square-Enix will continue to make these incredibly beautiful movies and always keep us fans asking for more.