I have no idea what the \'Final Fantasy\' genre is so I apologise to purists in advance if I don\'t care if this film is true to your vision of what a Final Fantasy film should look like. I\'m writing purely from viewing it as a stand-alone product, and in this repsect, it is excellent. Or rather, AMAZING.
The graphics are astounding and the sheer level of attention to detail takes the breath away. At numerous points I had to look more intently as I was sure the animation was being intercut with live action (which it wasn\'t).
The ground-breaking graphics aside (which really shouldn\'t be the case as it\'s what makes this film) the storyline is strong enough to hold the movie on it\'s own.
All the characters are believable, and in many ways have more substance about them than the great majority of live action movies. The voice-overs synch seemlessly from fine actors like Steve Buscemi, James Woods, Donald Sutherland, etc who surely must recognise that films like this herald the downfall of the live-action movie star. There is humour (mild) and pathos aplenty.
This film truly must be recorded as one of the greats in cinematic firsts.
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