To say there is a difference of opinion between critics and fans about this movie would be an understatement. Critics seem to hate it, while Final Fantasy fans love it.
I watched Kingsglaive yesterday, and I enjoyed it. It would struggle to stand on its own, since it has many loose ends and unanswered questions, and that’s probably why it’s not a hit with the critics. But as a lead-in to Final Fantasy XV? It’s epic.
Kingsglaive is fully CGI, but it mostly escapes the uncanny valley. The visuals are impressive, as is the majority of the voice work. As for the action, it’s flashy and exciting.
The movie’s fast pace causes some difficulty with character development. Aside from a few core characters, you don’t have a good chance to really get to know the cast. In particular, Ravus feels as though he’s there solely to set up his role in Final Fantasy XV, and he could have been cut from the movie without much changing.
But don’t take that to mean Kingsglaive is all action and no substance. On the contrary, the plot is exciting and often tense. I wanted to know what would happen next, and some of the character interactions were great. In particular, I loved the conversation about the “theft” between King Regis and Emperor Aldercapt, and it gave me a greater appreciation for the emperor as a villain.
There’s also a twist I never saw coming, which I won’t spoil.
Kingsglaive also sets up some intriguing situations for Final Fantasy XV to handle. For example, Regis consistently prioritizes Noctis over anyone else, and while it’s understandable (both because Noctis is his son and because of repeated hints that Noctis’s destiny is key to saving the world), it means many of his people don’t trust or like him.
Additionally, it gives a taste of the lore of Final Fantasy XV’s world, which I’m excited to see more of.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s an epic lead-in to Final Fantasy XV that has me looking forward to the game more than ever. If you plan to play Final Fantasy XV, I highly recommending watching Kingsglaive, either digitally now, or physically in October.
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