Saturday 31 December 2016

WTF? Kingsglaive: A Final Fantasy movie

Take the Lord of the Rings. Add futuristic technology. Retain magic. And modern stuff like cars and guns. Throw in visuals from Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and Starship Troopers. Add the vibes from Aliens and Call of Duty. The result is Kingsglaive, a story from the Final Fantasy franchise, released as a CGI movie.

I have no real idea what Final Fantasy is. I've never played the games. Never joined in with the fanbase. I am totally clueless. I watched the animated movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which takes place on a future Earth and looks a lot like Halo with a vague spiritual concept thrown in. I enjoyed it a lot, but I have no idea how it connects to the rest of the franchise.

I haven't seen Kingsglaive yet. I just happened across a trailer that intrigued me then blew me away. I cannot say to you, dear reader, whether this is worth watching. But OMG, the smorgasbord of influences makes me want to watch it so bad. Even if I don't understand what's going on. And I confess, after watching the twelve minute sample of the movie, I remain baffled. But interested. This is fantasy set free.

I loved the Lord of the Rings when I was younger, but quickly grew tired of the derivative 'High Fantasy' novels that followed it, wallowing as they did in a quasi-medieval straitjacket that made everything a little too cosy. The Game of Thrones series was, I suppose, an attempt to break free from that, but by then I'd moved away from reading fantasy.

I always wondered what it would be like to combine Lord of the Rings with assault rifles and grunts. I guess it would look like this.

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