Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital]
4K + Blu-ray + Digital
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 235.87 Grams
- Media Format : 4K, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 55 minutes
- Release date : 30 March 2021
- Dubbed: : Hungarian, Thai, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian, Thai, Malay, Czech, Romanian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Finnish, Russian, Indonesian, Korean, Danish, German, Italian, Swedish, Latvian, Estonian, English, Portuguese, French, Polish, Turkish, Lithuanian, Spanish, Greek, Cantonese
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B08QRVLTCH
- Number of discs : 2
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The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their kings magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empires rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king's magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire's rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
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However, having watched this with non-Final Fantasy fans, also gamers, who had their interests piqued with this movie, I can safely say that this is a great introduction into the lore of FFXV, the Kingdom of Lucis, and the starring characters that we will eventually encounter in the videogame. The movie requires more than one watch to actually grasp- and the dialogue dub for english is hurt by some of the words being mumbled, but hopefully, the subtitles should help there. While the main cast is your typical everyman's soldier, a princess and an ailing king for a fantasy tale, they're all memorable and beautifully animated. The lush and crisp CG will leave you looking around everywhere, and the lore behind the abilities of the Kingsglaive members is both powerful and beautiful to watch in execution.
Lena Headey is wonderful as Luna's voice, bringing a lot of personality to who could have easily been a typical pure princess damsel-in-distress character, but the real showstealers are Sean Bean as King Regis and Darin De Paul as Ardyn Izunia, who deliver powerful performances filled with character, and bring all their characters to life for the short while they're shown. While the story ultimately circles around Nyx Ulric, the lead "hero" of the 'Glaive, it doesn't entirely linger on him or bore us with exposition about him. There's a lot left to consider and figure out, something that will likely benefit players of the upcoming game.
The rest of the members of the Glaive are all what one would expect, but they all shine with personalities worth recalling. The character designs veer away from Final Fantasy's standard "anime" look, while maintaining a sweet blend and real world feel of anime and western action-fantasy. There are many Final Fantasy related easter eggs to be found, including a certain one that will make one recall a famous "seafood stew", and many more for the keen-eyed (or keen-eared!).
Don't listen to the critics, and yes, while the movie is far from perfect, it's a fun and exciting ride throughout, just meant to be enjoyed as is and prep us all for Final Fantasy XV. Watch it to enjoy the work put into it, and to be introduced to the lore and world that we'll eventually get to explore in the videogame, or if you don't expect to play it, then enjoy creating your own with this lovely introduction into the universe of Eos and its fantasy, based on reality.
By the end of the movie, I wanted to know what would happen next! Without giving any spoilers away I will admit It got me interested in the game and the characters and I even teared up in a few spots. (I get emotional easily though...)
Some of the fight scenes were a tad bit difficult to follow animation-wise, but really its Final Fantasy! It's supposed to be over-the-top visuals that cause sensory overload.
Either way, I'm eager to play the game now and that is what this movie was for, was it not?
I hope they continue this kind of all-encompassing strategy for future titles!
The animation is gorgeous and as close to live action as animation can get. This alone may make the film a worthwhile experience for some. There are plenty of over-the-top dramatic anime-style battles to show off the visuals.
Also, Sean Bean.
For those wondering if this is necessary viewing before diving into FFXV, it's not. It's a fun way to give a little more history and world building to the universe, but the game provides all of the background the player needs to understand what's going on. If you've played the first chapter or two of the game, you'll recognize that some of the game's scenes are clips from the movie. This can be fun and give more context to the game's timeline.
tl;dr: Would recommend to fans who like the world of FFXV. Just like the game, this movie is pretty to look at. If you're not a fan, you may think this is a bit silly.