The Animation & Visual Effects were obviously the best there is but the main fall back of this film I guess would be the lack of character personality. Characters are the most important part and in Final Fantasy The Spirits Within I feel that they were absoulutely great looking in a sence that they are really life like in visual but they lack characteristics and without that, no matter how real they may look, they could've been more alive if we were able to see more of their personalities. For example at the ending, if Dr. Aki were to cry or tell Gray that she loved him too, the audience would've been more moved. It would've have been even better if she could have shed a tear and show a little emotion. She looked so life like, but without personality, no matter how life like she looked, she is still just another average character. And for the Deep Eyes, we got to see hardly any of thier personalities as they died so quick. Anyway over all I still think this movie is one of the best things in life, but it could've been heaven if the characters showed a little emotion. Like the ending of Final Fantasy X, when Tidus disappears and Yuna runs trough his body and falls only to find that she's too late and she's lost him for good. While he dissapears you can hear him cry a little, and also see tears streaming down Yuna's face. And the most touching part is when Yuna looks forward and say "Thank You" to Tidus and he turns around to hug her before he leaves forever. The characters there at least showed a whole lot of emotion, feelings, life! Something that The Spirits Within greatly lacked.
wow, awsome, great. Words cannot express the greatness of the film. Truly unique in the cinema realm. I hear Square Films are doing another film using the same character models of Aki and Sid set in the 1920's ish, going to be a detective movie or something like that. Can't wait.
I loved FF:The Spirits Within and I hated it. The magnitude of the CG capabilities that the film shocased was amazing... but there was no plot. This is somewhat depressing because the FF video game series manages to bring stunning visuals (remember being awestruck when seeing the first CG movies from FFVII on the Play Station?) but still deliver a stellar and moving (if not wholly believable) story. The film fell short of that. Something most video game movies fall victim to is a lack of story... but that's because of the subject matter. A Mortal Kombat movie has to show martial arts fighting. Tomb Raider had to have Lara go Speelunking. Final Fantasy is so broad that they could have done almost anything... yet they chose to do what they did. My theory is that when you spend the budget making the star's hair flow in the wind (a beautiful effect, by the way), you can't afford to pay a screenwriter more than scale.
I read that Square got so burned by the film, that they will not be doing any more total CGI films like this one. Too bad. Plot shortcomings aside, visually it did have its moments. The DVD is well worth the money, concidering all the goodies they put into it.