Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
- Hironobu Sakaguchi
- Moto Sakakibara
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Saturday, September 01, 2001
But will the members of the council, inclined to believe only what their eyes can reach, believe Dr. Rossís theories without judging her like itís happened to many scientists throughout the history of mankind? If not, sheís still got the support of her former lover, Captain Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and his team from the Army.
While this film raises important issues about the human nature and stubbornness, it also features an interesting storyline in a futuristic landscape, all computer-animated in the most impressive way.
So whatís so bad about this film? Well, Iíll put it this way: the three prior paragraphs are far more interesting than the whole movie. Iím nothing of a storyteller, but I must say Iíve managed to tell the filmís story in a better way than these guys actually did. Itís amazing how the premise is good, the animation is good, every element has potential, but nothing comes out of it. I really donít understand why this happened. As a fan of the Final Fantasy videogames, I must say Iím really disappointed. Square always managed to tell a terrific story in their games, wrapped by outstanding visuals. I never really trusted this film in the way that the viewer canít change the events like the videogame player can, but that didnít mean the story couldnít be good. The games always had amazing and very well-developed characters, a larger-than-life story, amazing visuals and an incredible music score. Well, apart from the visuals, this movie has nothing. As a matter of fact, it sucks.
I donít really know whatís the matter with me when it comes to animated characters that so closely resemble human beings. I think technology hasnít gone as far as to make an animation look so real. In Toy Story, all the toys looked great and real but the humans simply did not. Humans in Toy Story 2 looked good but they were not intended to resemble human beings so closely that it would fool some people so it was ok. Shrek (2001) did have that flaw, which I mentioned in my review. Final Fantasyís major flaw, for me, lies in this aspect. When youíre playing a modern videogame, you expect great graphics because there canít be actual actors in there. But when youíre watching a movie, and you know a living person would look better, you donít like what you see. In other words, watching Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within didnít do any good to me.
Stick back to those great RPG games. The Final Fantasy name should be linked to the videogames, and only to the videogames, forever.
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