Film Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

In association with Scotland Loves Anime


To Final Fantasy XV what the Lego Movie is to Lego, Kingsglaive is a feature-length advert for the release of the 15th main instalment in the Final Fantasy series. Ten years in the making, Final Fantasy XV deals with a raven haired man called Noctis who is to be wed to the princess Lunafreya in the hopes of bringing peace between warring kingdoms.

Kingsglaive takes place concurrently in the city of Insomnia (of the kingdom of Lucis), as the opposing Niflheim are growing ever more powerful. Lucis bows to a peace treaty, allowing Niflheim to take ownership of everything outside of Insomnia, and forcing Noctis of Lucis to marry Lunafreya of Tenebrae (who are sided with Niflheim).

If this all sounds confusing, it is. Lots of jargon is thrown around quickly as the world is not so much built as it is plunged into war from the off. Thankfully, the goodies look like goodies, and the baddies wear frowns or have a typically over the top way of speaking, so it is not too difficult to know who to root for.

Protagonist Nyx of the Kingsglaive (voiced by Aaron Paul and visually based off of a French model… and you can tell) gets caught up in a lot of things he never signed on for. The Kingsglaive share the king of Lucis’ magical powers and defend the kingdom and its crystal, and just like The Night’s Watch of Game of Thrones, some take it more seriously than others.

This is a beautiful film. Certain scenes would easily fool a person into thinking this is live-action. Everyone is also unnecessarily attractive, although thankfully no one is particularly sexualised, even if this is a dude-heavy story. Nyx looks like he would even smell nice.

The action that hindered Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is more reserved for the climactic battle scene, though the dialogue is equally as weak in places.

It would be a major surprise if Kingsglaive wins over any new fans, or even appeals to those unfamiliar with the series at all. Final Fantasy is typically overblown and dedicated to its lore, which works in a fantasy videogame, but can come off as ridiculous on film. This is no Warcraft where a hand is extended to the uninitiated – this is for those who want to experience every part of Final Fantasy XV’s world. They will find a film and a story to be enjoyed, which touches on real and current issues like immigration, while others will find the whole thing a bit silly.

[Scott Wilson – @HeartofFire]

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