Monday, January 17, 2011

From game to movie, does it work? Final part

And now we have my final part of looking at video game to movie translations, this article will look at two very different movies made by the same company. Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Firstly, Advent Children:

(Before I go any further, how HARD is it to find a decent trailer on youtube for this movie, must have been on my 10th video before I found an offical trailer and even this one is in Japanese!)

I really liked this movie, but I feel I am in the minority, and for once completely and 100% can see why many people do not. I have played the game, Final Fantasy 7, and I am a massive nerd and fanboy who can recite the lore back to front. Should you not fit those catagories however you will have absolutely no idea what is going on in the movie and it will look like nothing more than endless fight scenes. The rectified this sort of by adding over 30 minutes of extra footage and rereleasing the movie as Advent Children Complete, but even then if you are not a fan of the game, this movie isn't for you. Another general thing about this movie is that it is very "pretty", and truly shows what CGI can do!

Next we have the much older Spirits Within:

Now if you view this as a Sci-fi movie, I loved it, however if you look at it expecting to see any relation to Final Fantasy, you will be dissapointed. The movie was a large flop upon release as everybody went expecting to see something similar to the games, and instead got an above-average sci-fi movie albeit animated. One thing important to point out though is that this movie was released in 2001, that is now 10 years ago (god I feel old), yet if you are watching it on a HD-Blu ray, it has some of the most beautiful animation and art work out there. In my opinion it is even "more pretty" than Advent Children which came out so many years later.

This was back when using animation in movies was a very new thing, in fact the makers of the movie actually included an easter egg where they simply "played" with animating techniques to show what they could do:

In conclusion, if you enjoy science fiction movies then disregard the Final Fantasy part of the title and check out Spirits Within.

(Although I would like to point out that I am highly bias, own both of these films, and have them sitting next to me, so go and make your own mind up)

Also to note, I gave in and purchased DC Universe online yesterday, very fun game and expect a blog post about it soon.


Unknown said...

I loved advent children, it was an amazing movie. I didn't care much for spirits within, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the actual game. Oh well.

_Lumina_ said...

Meh, I wasn't all for the final fantasy movies, but I did enjoy watching Advent Children.

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epicwallpapersandart.blogspot said...

Advent children was an awsome movie! but spirits within was a disappointment

Justsayin' said...

I have never seen either movie.

J-G-B said...

I enjoyed advent children, but IDK it wasn't up to the level of FF7.

Nice post.

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watchman said...

final fantasy is what I grew up on. I don't play anymore but it makes me nostalgia hard

Painkiller! said...

Nistalgia, Following ;D

Rawr said...

damn, this is great :D

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