copied, printed, or reproduced in any manner without written permission from 2005 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Animation Alley is a regular featured column with Renderosity Staff Writer Sergio Rosa [nemirc].
December 5, 2005
Fantastic article, I had no idea there was a movie coming out and am now anxiously looking forward to it. I've been a die hard FF fan since I purchased FFVII years ago and have played every one of them. I imagine I'll have this movie in my collection too as soon as it hits the stores.
Well I am a fan of Final Fantasy, and I will hold no grudge against you or anyone else who doesn't care for it :). I have seen the movie countless times already, and I for one love it. I love CG animation and when you throw it together with my favorite Square Enix Game series (though FFVII is not my fav of the series) chances are I'm going to think it is a hit. I think you did pretty well at reviewing it :). Macey
Spot-on article. I watched the movie, but never played the games. The plot wasn't terribly logical, and also some of the events (like the church one described above) - but I didn't realize it was a direct EXTENSION of the game itself. I'm sure it would make more sense if I knew the background. That said, it was some of the most awe-inspiring CG animation I've ever seen! The modelling, texturing, cloth movement, FX, lighting and compositions were incredible! I'd watch it again for that alone!
I didn't care much for the original game and I was hesitant about Advent Children, as with the rest of the FFVII Compilation (especially Before Crisis), but I was still anxious to see this, and the fact that Square-Enix pulled this off with a much higher level of competency than the original definately makes it a winner. The story may be lacking a bit, but that's not really what AC was made for. Technically speaking, Square has long been far beyond most others, and Advent Children only serves to prove that. Aside from lack of detail in a few places, along with some scenes that don't see to look quite right (the fight with Bahamut Sin comes to mind, especially the parts with Vincent getting up close), there's very little wrong with this movie. Unless you get to the story, which could be a bit stronger, and has a few inconsistencies. While FF fans will get the most out of this, it's still well worth an hour and a half of your time, whether you dabble in graphics or not, though the graphic gurus/junkies/hobbyists may appreciate this a bit more than the casual fan would.
If you know the background from playing the games(which I do) this is a must see for Final Fantasy 7 fans. Excellent review of the movie and I think you hit it spot on when you said it is one of the biggest events in CGI in 2005 and all the FFVII fans are going to absolutely love it!
I have to agree with your opinion, but I'm more concerned about the link at the end of your article than the article itself. That webpage is a fan website, not the official website. The official websites are http://www.square-enix.co.jp/dvd/ff7ac/ and na.square-enix.com/dvd/ff7ac/. But I must admit that fan websites like adventchildren.net and ff7acmovie.net have far more content regarding FF7:AC
I am sorry but the article left me flat. I have seen the movie(waited what seemed like eons for it) and it was amazing. the features which are hard to capture in cg(hands specially) are done with amazing feel to them. If you have ever watched any of the Japanese movies(live action) You know over reaction of emotions is a norm. to find it in the CG movie is not surprising. As for photo realistic? do you not SEE the weave of the fabric in Vincents cloak? the characters have the anima-ish feel to it but still the textures, the motion of fabric and do not mention the AMAZING fight scenes blow the heck out of anything else I have seen. Shrek??? no..this dusts shrek in just the opening scene. I was not a fan of FF...I barely knew the story behind it. I learned it while waiting to see this movie. so I am not a huge fan either..BUT...you can not deny the amazing quality. the flat out eye popping amazing fight scenes... then on top of it all the music score is wonderful. though I was disappointed the "sepheroth" scenes were so short. it was one of the hypes of the movie. BUT still ...it is a jaw dropping, eye popping fantastic movie.
Hi Chaos, Thanks so much for the link catch ... I have changed the above links to include the North American link to Square Enix, as well as to Advent Children.net [one of the better FF fan sites]. Thanks everyone for your input, and a special thanks to Sergio for the outstanding review! Dee-Marie
nice review, I've seen the movie already and I can honestly say I agree with most of the things you say except when it comes to the story. In my opinion the story was just horrible, I mean if you never played FF7 you wouldn't know what the heck was going on, so I guess this movie was just made for two reason; one, to see if they could do it and two, to appease those fans begging for it. But realistically I don't think anyone could name a video game based movie that was any good storywise. Even though the story was bad the CGI did make up for it, there was eyecandy everywhere. Oh, and your right about that photo realistic thing, did anyone else notice they rarely ever used natural day light on the characters, most of the time it was that super bright white light, which we all know is used to hide flaws in textures.
I've seen the movie... and all I have to say is amazing! The characters act how I would imagin them to, which says a lot about how memorable the characters are. I think the movie is a great step in CG animation. Most (I imagine) of us have seen the ANIMATRIX "Final Flight of Osiris" and would agree that it is amazingly detailed... but in my opinion doesn't compare to how Advent Children is so fast, smooth, and how the characters move so well while keeping the detail level very high. So I believe that this movie is a step above the level in other CGI's. I love the Final Fantasy Series and this movie more than does it all justice.
When I say photorealistic I mean just that. The skin looks great, the clothing looks great and everything else looks great, but it just doesn't look 100% real. The rule is that the more you reach perfection the more you can tell it's CG. Besides, everybody knows how a real human looks and moves so it's even easier to tell whether or not the character is CG. The only CG character that I can say was completely photorealistic was that baby from Lemony Snicket, but we are talking about ILM, which is one of the best (if not the best) VFX house around the globe.
I was dissapointed. What made the game so great was the plot, not the graphics - on the original playstation, the characters are very unrealistic but it didn't matter. I was hoping the movie would focus more on the story, less on the battles. It was still amazing, though, just a bit of a let down.
Watched the Trailer. I'd pay to see it just for the CGI alone. If a release in the U.S. is in subtitle format, I found it hard to enjoy the CGI and read the titles at the same time, to know what was going on. Did not see any mention of that in the review. Has a release date been set?
Hello 3Dlonewolf. Right now the available DVD is the "import". It has english subtitles for us poor westerns that don't understand japanese. The downside is that the extras and stuff don't, so that pretty much makes it worthless unless you are interested exclusively on the movie. I've been checking on the US release and last thing I saw is that the Region 1 DVD will be available on january 10 (according to Amazon) :)