Final Fantasy has had with very spotty track record when it comes movies. From the $137 million nuclear bomb the was Final Fantasy: The Spirits to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children which many considered a love letter to fans of the beloved JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is in the unique position of offering fans insight on the political landscape and conflicts for fans looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XV later this holiday season.
Square Enix spared no expense to bring forward the most visually striking animated movie seen to date. Saying that Kingsglaive is a great looking movie would simply be an understatement. The level of detail and photorealistic visuals mixed with an element of sci-fi fantasy wasn’t only pleasing on the eyes but give the world of Eos it’s own visual history without saying anything. There are times where you’ll confuse the actors on-screen with real people that simply shows how far we’ve in terms of motion capture and animation.
For years, The magical kingdom of Lucis has been fighting a losing war against the technologically superior Nifleheim Empire. The Nifs employ the use of vicious monsters and advanced weaponry to essential take over most of the world. Lucis is the only nation that hasn’t succumbed to the might of Nifleheim mostly due to the massive magical barrier erected by King Regis. This halted any and all attempts of invasion by Nifleheim leaving the conflict at a stalemate.
Nifleheim’s comically stylish chancellor Ardun Izunia proposes a controversial peace treaty that could end the fighting but could put the nation of Luis in a compromising position. There’s a lot of political outmaneuvering that happens around the treaty signing that feel like a game of royal checkers than chess. Thankfully, King Regis is such a royal badass, who’s played by the equally badass Sean Bean, can make something as boring as a treaty signing into a tense and thrilling affair.
If political machinations aren’t really your thing, other half of the movie focuses on members of the Kingsglaive, King Regis’s elite forces imbued with a fraction of the King’s magic that allow them to perform extraordinary feats of wow-ness like casting magic spells and warping around like mystical Navy SEALs. Nyx Ulric, played by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, uncovers a conspiracy that could mean the end Lucis and its King. His other assignment is to be the personal driver/bodyguard of Princess Luna Freya of Tenebrae, voiced by Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey. Luna Freya’s is basically a vehicle to deliver exposition and remind us that Noctis, the main character in Final Fantasy XV, isn’t going to be in this movie. It’s tough to root for Nyx as a character since he falls under the category of the very typical typical ‘rule-breaking duty-bound super-soldier’ making it tough to care about what happens to him.
The action scenes involving the Kingsglaive shooting lightning out of their hands and snapping necks are fun and well choreographed. The opening 15 minutes that pits the Kingsglaive against an invading Nif army is a jaw-dropping sequence got me more and more excited to actually to play Final Fantasy XV. The final act is essentially a long chase scene with helicopters, spider mechs and bird demon-things that ends with a boss battle on a freeway with 50-story monsters doing their best Kaiju Big Battel reenactment in the city of Insomnia. This will would please any Final Fantasy fan especially if you grew bored with old men in robe performing political gymnastics and and rather see a dude with rock-star hair fight a dark knight inside on top of a collapsing freeway. You know, the stuff we love about Final Fantasy.
Paul and Headey work really well together especially towards the end of the third act. Headey brings a regal confidence while Paul’s nails the charming rebel act. Sean Bean, who plays King Regis, deserves a nod for a really killer performance and made me wish for an entire movie devoted King Regis saying kingly things. As talented as they are, there’s no saving them from the aggressively melodramatic dialogue that usually comes with Final Fantasy. It’s tough to take a lot of what’s said seriously when the characters delivering the lines have super ridiculous names like Ravus Nox Fleuret, Libertus Ostium and Luche Lazarus.
Clocking in at under 2 hours, Kingsglaive feels about half-hour too long. There scenes involving Libertus could have completely cut completely. His arc doesn’t really pan out as well as you think it would and his role is reduced to just, “guy who gives another character a ride at the end of the movie.” There also some very interesting social-political themes about immigration, class and nationalism that I would have loved to seen fleshed-out but all seem to take a back seat in the second half of the movie in favor of watching Nyx beat the ever-loving crap out of an 8-foot jerk in plate mail, flying demons and spider-mech things for 45 minutes. Don’t get wrong, these are fun action scenes on their own but loses all charm and personality the first hour spent building by shifting its focus from world-building and political intrigue to non-stop action.
It’s tough to recommended Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV to anyone who isn’t a FF fan. If you plan on picking up Final Fantasy XV then Kingsglaive does a decent job setting up the state of the world when you take control of King Regis’ son, Noctis and his band of merry ass-kickers. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a visual marvel that suffers from a predictable story that takes itself too serious that takes away from the over-the-top action.
After being put in to a “development purgatory” last year when the movie’s previous director, Seth Gordan(Horrible Bosses), and writer Mark Boal(The Hurt Locker) left. Now Sony has found a new writer for the Uncharted movie, Joe Carnahan, who is also directing the new Bad Boys 3 movie. Coincidentally Carnahan is unable to direct to the new uncharted movie because Bad Boys 3 and Uncharted have conflicting schedules. “In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he told Variety.
Now you would think that with August 7th coming up, No Man’s sky isn’t that far off from being released right? Well if you’re an eager beaver like Reddit user Daymeeuhn, two weeks just wasn’t soon enough. With a swift visit to the one place one can pay an exorbitant amount of money for hard to find or definitely street dated goods, Ebay. How much would you pay for an early copy of a game you really wanted early, 80$,100$, maybe even 120$? Daymeeuhn spent 1250 dollars , plus another 50 for shipping which is surprising that it wasn’t free. While Daymeeuhn might be having the time of his summer gaming life, Hello Games founder, Sean Murrray, felt different about the subject.
We’ve spent years filling No Man’s Sky with surprises. You've spent years waiting. Please don't spoil it for yourself 🙁
A new trailer has been posted for Transformers: Combiner Wars, a new cartoon miniseries that takes a darker and edgier look at the Transformers series.
The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?
Stream the full 8 episode series starting Aug. 2!
The series certainly looks amazing and you can check out the trailer below.
Hi everyone! Shelli Anpan here to bring you a peek inside the halls of San Diego Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the largest pop culture convention in the United States.
Originally geared towards the comic and graphic novel aficionados, SDCC has since grown over the past several decades to encompass all forms of art and geekdom, including (but not limited to) TV shows, big budget movies, video games, and detailed replicas. To learn more about SDCC and its history, click here.
With almost 24-hour programming, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when attending a convention of this magnitude. To narrow it down a bit this year, here are my Top 5 for Day 1:
#TheHallofFaces All 4 Days, L Street Fine Art Gallery
As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones television series, this is definitely a must-see. Going off of the listed description, “The Hall of Faces activation will allow guests to enter the House of Black and White and ‘Become No One’.” Praise to the many-faced god!
#SuperheroIRL 6:30PM – 7:30PM, Room 24ABC
Everyone has encountered bullying in some way, shape, or form in their life, inspiring writers and artists to create (super)heroes to overcome them. Nonprofit Pop Culture Hero Coalition harnesses the idea of the superhero and applies those ideals to the real world. With the advent of Internet and prevalence of cyber-bullying and recent physical attacks around the globe, heroes in the real world are needed now more than ever to stand up and be beacons of hope and strength against the bullying, against the hatred.
“Geek Couture” Fashion Show 6PM – 8PM, Harbor Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Although I probably will not be able to attend the Fashion Show as it conflicts with the #SuperheroIRL panel, I still can’t wait to see what beautiful works of wearable art will be showcased this year!
CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books 12PM – 1PM, Room 30CDE
Ever wonder why graphic novels are attacked by censors? This panel will discuss just that and and how to successfully integrate them into the classroom.
Last, but not least, I’m super excited for exploring the Exhibit Hall! For all first-time con-goers, the Exhibit Hall is where you’ll find all the popular, rare, and exclusive paraphernalia you could ever desire. These include comic books, original fine artwork on canvas, highly detailed sculpted collectible figures, video games, apparel, and accessories. SDCC is well-known for their w exclusive merch, which can only be purchased at the convention. Of course, you’ll probably be able to find that special exclusive on eBay later for an arm and a leg.
That’s all for now, but to get live news and visual within the con, follow me on Twitter (@ShelliAnpan)!
Are you going to SDCC? Do you wish that you could go? Tweet at me and let me know what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to take you there!
Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights to make a Pokémon movie. Their first planned project is a film based on Detective Pikachu which is to be fast tracked into production
On the heels of Pokemon Go fever, Legendary has closed a deal for the film rights for the iconic Japanese property.
Legendary and The Pokemon Co. on Wednesday announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.
Details on the plot and story of the character are being kept under wraps. The film will be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.
While Pokémon has had many movies based on the franchise, it will be interesting to see a western take on the series, especially with Detective Pikachu as a film project. Detective Pikachu tells the story of a Pikachu who has learned to speak human language and solves mysteries with his human sidekick. There was a fan campaign at one point for the English localization to have Danny DeVito as the voice of the lead character
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Telltale Games have announced a new title today. Batman – The Telltale Series is set to release in August for digital download for PC/Mac, consoles, iOS, and Android. On September 16, the game will release on a “season pass disc.” The physical copy of the game will include the first five episodes of the series and will credit the disc owner with digital downloads of the next four episodes which will be available at a later date. The art style of the game will resemble comic book art through a very distinct cel shading process and will be voiced by the top voice actors in the game industry, most notably Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne. Other voice talents include: Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle.
Early this morning, Entertainment Weekly debuted 4 new photos from the new Wonder Woman movie to be released next summer. The pictures were released a week prior to Comic-Con as part of a special Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and will be an origin story for Diana Prince. The movie will take place during World War I. Chris Pine (seen below) co-stars as Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor.
After Wonder Woman releases in June 2017, Gal Gadot will go on to appear in Justice League which is set to be released the following November and is already in production.
Today Blizzard released another Overwatch short, this time featuring the two samurai Genji and Hanzo. In the short we get more backstory on the rivalry between them and why Hanzo hates Genji so much. Is it because his robot suit looks cooler than his sweet robot kicks? Watch the video to find out!
Hot off the heels of the Force Awaken release, last Thursday on Good Morning America, Disney released a teaser trailer for the next movie in line for the Star Wars universe, Rouge One. This new story in the Star Wars universe will be set shortly before the events of A New Hope, where a group of Rebel spies are on a mission to steal the plans for the Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star.