Check. Computer generated Actors? Check. Producers? Check.
Big Explosions? Check. PLOT? Good grief, you want a plot?
What are you thinking? We'll just make up the plot as we go
along and hope the audience will follow it."
in Final Fantasy is computer generated and therein lies the
problem because although the characters look mostly photo-realistic
there is a lack of emotional depth to the characters that comes
with real, organic actors and actresses.
It is all style and no substance. The characters can run and
jump and shoot at aliens but they have all the facial expressiveness
of the average stealth bomber.
of all is the plot. I could explain it but I honestly gave up
trying to follow it. Something about the ghosts of dead aliens
invading Earth and taking our souls although they may be confused
(they're not the only one) as 'dkvlna[sjvn. Sorry, I dozed off
again over my keyboard as I did during my Tomb Raider review.
Fantasy is a hodgepodge of other, better science fiction film
ideas that have been put into the cinematic blender with $100
million and then thrown at the screen.
It reminds me of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That too had
revolutionary special effects but the plot disappeared underneath
it all. Let's have some good news.
Visually the film is stunning. This film breaks new ground in
cinematic computer generation. It sets the standard by which
all subsequent computer animated films must be judged.
Shrek may be a few steps down the ladder but at least it had
a plot that made sense and characters you cared about.
to me that nobody will give a damn about the wonders of computer
generated movies if characters and plot flap off into their
own hinterland. This is the dawning of a new cinematic age.
The first film to have sound, The Jazz Singer in 1927, wasn't
particularly good but it revolutionised the film industry. It
remains to be seen whether Final Fantasy will have the same