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Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within

(no spoilers, don't worry)

Very impressed with the sheer spectacle of this thing. All the reviews seem to focus on the photorealistic characters, completely ignoring the special effects which surround them. They're mind boggling, beautiful and imaginative. And we would never accept them on the same screen with flesh-and-blood actors.

The script is extremely Japanese. If you've watched a lot of anime, that shouldn't bother you. And yet, it's harder to accept some of that with the characters looking so American. I think if the film had been released in Japanese, with English subtitles, people's complaints about the script would have been silenced.

Which brings us to the acting. It's not bad, if you close your eyes. Or plug your ears and lip-read. But James Woods' voice would never come out of the body they gave him. It just doesn't match. Remember Drew Barrymore in Titan A.E.? Same deal.

I think saying Final Fantasy is eye-candy doesn't do the film justice. It's a four course meal for the eyes, with all the trimmngs. Except...

It should have been in 3D.

Move the camera two inches in either direction, and render again. Give us polarized glasses. It's not that much effort, and I'll pay extra to see it. Many times. This is a film that could revive 3D movies.

(sigh)

We've come so far since the 1950s, it just frustrates me that nobody cares.

Anyway... Back to the review.

I'll be buying the DVD. And I plan to go through it one frame at a time until I find a Chocobo, 'cause I refuse to accept that Square would put the name Final Fantasy on something without a Chocobo to be found.

That pretty much sums it up.

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self
Jul. 15th, 2001 02:02 pm (UTC)
wow, I'm lame.
A four course meal for the eyes?

That's just embarassing.
thestagemanager
Jul. 15th, 2001 02:51 pm (UTC)
No chocobo's?
That's bull. There's got to be one somewhere! Probably on a poster or something. And was someone in the movie named Cid?
self
Jul. 15th, 2001 03:23 pm (UTC)
Cid
We have a Dr. Sid. Could be an Americanized spelling?
self
Jul. 15th, 2001 03:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of posters...
You'll enjoy some blatant product placement in the first few minutes.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 15th, 2001 05:08 pm (UTC)
Product Placement
My favorite product placement in there at this moment, I didn't notice until the second time I saw it.

WARNING: I'M GOING TO PHRASE THIS SO THAT HOPEFULLY IT WON'T SPOIL ANYTHING, BUT IF YOU'RE PARANOID ABOUT SPOILERS, SKIP THE REST OF THIS POST AND MOVE ON.

In the communications screen between the general and the counsil towards the end, there's a symbol in the upper right corner. It reads: "Palm Powered." And the "Palm" is clearly the US Robotics / 3Com Palm we all know...

Anyway, when I saw that, I laughed and laughed...

--Id
sleeplessone
Jul. 15th, 2001 10:56 pm (UTC)
Chocobos.....
There are suposedly 2 shots where they are there but you would never see them unless you were looking for them.

I'll be getting the DVD too, converting a couple scenes to DivX and adding damage numbers above the "spirts" as they get shot ;)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 19th, 2001 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Chocobos.....
I wanna see that! Be sure to send us all a URL where we can find those clips when you finish 'em... :-)

--Id
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