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Tue, May. 30th, 2006 09:45 am
Advent Children

I finally watched Advent Children last night. The movie itself was not as bad as I had been lead to believe by some, in fact, I quite enjoyed it. The DVD edition comes with a FFVII review, which unfortunately is entirely in Japanese, but still visits the major scenes of the game and is generally a good mood-setting review for people like me, who haven't played through FFVII in years. The movie carried well and has clearly been rerendered for the North American addition, as the lip-syncing matches the English soundtrack quite well. The fight scenes are completely over-the-top, even for Final Fantasy, but still entertaining. With the exception of the villians, the writing is reasonably stable and thought-out. Even so, I suspect the movie would make next to no sense without having played through and understood the plot of FFVII.

One of the major annoyances I had with the film was the reappearance of Rufus Shinra. Rufus arguably had one of the most dignified death scenes of any villian in recent memory, and having him somehow survive the final volley from Weapon seems to somehow cheapen the significance of that scene. Elena's limited role was a bit of an annoyance as she was one of my favorite characters, but the other Turks were fantastic. The scenes with Aeris and Zak had the same ambiguity as they did in the game, which worked well for the purposes of replicating the feel of the original game.

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rashina
rashina
Tig
Tue, May. 30th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)

The DVD edition comes with a FFVII review, which unfortunately is entirely in Japanese

That's weird; when I saw it it was in English. Is yours a legal copy of the Region 1 DVD?

Even so, I suspect the movie would make next to no sense without having played through and understood the plot of FFVII.

Christ Almighty, having played up to the point of getting Aeris back to her house and giving up in frustration, you've got that damn right.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Tue, May. 30th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

That's weird; when I saw it it was in English. Is yours a legal copy of the Region 1 DVD?

Oh yes. Its the Region 1 2-Disc Special Edition. I tried playing with the audio and subtitle tracks to get the Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII to come up in English, but after about 10 minutes it wasn't working, and I didn't press the matter. The movie followed the language settings, though.


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