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Did DARTH SISKEL Like FINAL FANTASY' You Be The Judge!!

Published at: July 10, 2001, 4:38 p.m. CST by staff

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

I remember meeting Darth Siskel in line for opening day of STAR WARS EPISODE I at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Nice guy. He works with computer animation himself, so when I saw that he had sent me a review of FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN, I assumed it would be glowingly positive. I've read the review over a few times now, and I'm not sure exactly what he's trying to say. Help me figure out... did he like it or not?

I just saw Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

HATED IT.

Visually stunning was my immediate reaction to it. For the first 5 mins of this movie, you will really enjoy the eye candy. It's the most detailed, realistic CG work since JarJar Binks, and definitely the most detailed ALL CG film to date. A lot of the design is really nice, but then, a lot of it is stuff we've seen before. (A lot of "ALIENS" influence) But the lighting , texturing, depth of field and color is so detailed and is really something new to behold on the movie screen.

The problem with the movie visually, was the facial animation. On the whole, it SUCKED.

One character that looked exactly like Ben Affleck (Is he flattered or will he sue?) actually made the real Ben Affleck's acting seem less wooden. The body movement was near flawless, because it was motion captured. The faces however, were beautifully modeled and textured, but animated without spirit. They all seemed like they were in default expressionless mode most of the time. Even when characters were supposed to be angry, or making a joke, they barely looked any different than their default mode. Were the directors trying to be subtle? I don't know, but going for more exaggerated expression would've made them come to life. Just watch Shrek. Those characters had life!

There are moments when the Final Fantasy characters' facial expressions are very good. One scene that they pulled off is when the girl talks with the professor for the first time. He looked so so close to live-action footage, and her expressions began to show some acting range here. But there were very very few moments like this. The rest of the time we have to watch a cast of emotionless drones. Any plastic toy from Toy Story had more life.

BUT, the main problem with this movie is why I HATED IT, and it's a huge one…

THE STORY SUCKS!!! The script is terrible!

Most of the movie is techno-babble bullshit. I never once gave a damn about what was happening in this movie. There wasn't one interesting scene or concept in the entire movie. I wanted them all to die, and as soon as possible so I could go on with my life.

The dialogue, every line of it was cliché. NOT JUST A FEW. NOT HALF. EVERY LINE!! There were at least six times during the movie when a character proclaimed "What IS that!?".

Douchebag, it's a spirit. The same damn spirits you've been fighting since scene one. About ¾ through the movie they have a revelation that they're actually fighting spirits, not aliens. EU-fucking-Reka!! The audience has known this since the movie started, and anyone with the intelligence of a 2 year old knows this from the title of the movie!!

The story bored me to the point that I started to look as dead as a lot of the characters were animated. An endless supply of faceless animal-like spirits are the main villains? And they combat them with big guns?? What made them think people would care about any of this nonsense? If you can even care enough to try to follow the story, it just gets dumber and more tedious. The clichés started to amuse me, and then sadden me, and finally angered me. How could they spend 3 or so years of tedious work with hundreds of artists, on a visually groundbreaking animated film on such a shit script?! IT WAS SHIT!!

Final Fantasy gets a 1 on the 1-10 scale , for wasting my time, and for all the effort wasted on an amateur bullshit script!

-DARTH SISKEL ending transmission

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  • July 10, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Dude!!! decaf!!!.

    by JUSTICE41

    You know until someone writes about your life and you read that story, you'll not realize it was a story.Characters in movies aren't supposed to know there in a movie.Lighten up on the script dude. Sometimes it's hard to maintain a viable script over a 3-4 year shooting schedule. That's why some cartoons don't click, there has to be timeless themes in these lenghty project.

  • July 10, 2001, 5:29 p.m. CST

    If You've Played the FF Games Maybe You'll "Appreciate" the Movi

    by Solipsist Nation

    Just like with any other long lasting series of sci-fi/fantasy (currently FF is at Part X), the Final Fantasy series has developed its own mythic/mystic rules and specifically/artistically designed universes (which is further justified by the fact that it is has always been called final FANTASY, not final REALITY.) If your first experience with the FF series is the movie, you're probably going to hate it. But to be fair, it is a movie and must also be judged as a movie.

  • July 10, 2001, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Fantasy it is, Final Fantasy it ain't

    by Flim

    I couldn't care less if the same person that made all the games made this movie, but it seems to me from all the reviews I've read, and I've read a few, that it's missing the fun, the humour, the wonder, and most of all the magic that all the games had. Well, except 8. I am not disappointed, I'm just really sad and tired. I have a tendency to get hyped about these damn movies, and let down in a big way - especially recently (last 5-6 years). Oh well, guess I should do something about it instead of bitching. Oh yeah, and fuck Michael Bay.

  • July 10, 2001, 7:47 p.m. CST

    A trick!

    by wrexsoul

    This is one giant trick perputrated by the entire critic community and the trailers. Only the first 1/4th of this movie takes place in futuristic, space type setting, and then all of the sudden its green fields, summons, chocobos and mega god fighting! Remember how the first few hours of VII took place in the barren Midgar, and some people thought that was all there was...THATS WHAT THIS MOVIE IS.

  • July 10, 2001, 8:17 p.m. CST

    CAN we have truthful review by a real FF game fan?

    by neosverax

    You can tell Darth Siskel hates eastern philosophy cuz he thinks it's silly and dumb to have spirits as your enemy. Well, useless review for me.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Terrible Script? Like I said, this guy hates eastern philosophy. I'm sure he'd hate the games as well. I know this guy hates anime.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Can we have a review by a FF games fan? If he gave this movie 1, I can't imagine what he gave TOMB RAIDER.

  • July 10, 2001, 8:31 p.m. CST

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE DUMBEST REVIEW.

    by neosverax

    Dark Siskel gives the dumbmest review I've ever read!! First of all, he points out no GOOD reason why the script sucks, he just says it sucks because it's dumb. He complains mostly on the animation being 'NOT PERFECT'. DUH!! We all know it's not perfect. NO animation is perfect but this is the closest. And please stop comparing it to SHREK. SHREK was a fantasy movie hence they had a freedom in exaggerating facial features without us being so critical because the characters are stylized. Human character have no room for error. But tell me, how can you say that they had more expression in SHREK? Have you ever seen a real donkey talk to YOU? Have you ever seen a real orge in action and talking as well? NO.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A REAL REVIEW BY AN INTELLIGENT AND PROFESSIONAL CRITIC? I'm just cracking myself up at how DUMB this guy is. Hey, Siskel, Did you know that 1+1=2? *ahh/gasp/shock/horror* on Siskel's face.

  • July 10, 2001, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Pathetic review...

    by Jackass

    Bullshit. The facial animation is perfect. This jealous wannabe doesn't know jack or shit about this type of thing. Ever since he argued with me about the contents of the Transformers movie DVD(for which I was proven 100% accurate, jackass), I've known he's full of crapola.

  • July 10, 2001, 8:48 p.m. CST

    bzzzz

    by elmstreetkid

    this review made no sense. blah blah blah, i think we get the general consensus that this film will be cool to look at, nothing more, but this review was just odd..... btw, has anyone heard comments on the film's score by Goldenthal? just curious.....

  • July 10, 2001, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Review didnt make sense??

    by Jabbathesltt77

    How in God's sweet name did this review not make any sense? "He doesn't give reasons why the script sucks!"......IF EVERY FRIGGIN LINE IS A CLICHE I THINK THAT CONSTITUTES A SHITTY SCRIPT!!!! And if you read the top of the review...it says Siskel works with computer animation.....so if the man says it don't look that good....well maybe hes a lil more educated on the topic. If ya ask me the damn movies a waste anyway. With CG animation they have the potential to show anything.....they arent limited to what they can show us. Gos perfectly with final fantasy......the beatiful creatures and landscapes....the fantasy elements....the incredible monsters and spells....It makes me cry to think what they could of done with the final fantasy franchise. So what do they do? They scrap all that potential for some cliche' futuristic alien story....which takes place on friggin earth!!! They can give us an incredible fantasy realm with no limits.....and they give us future postapocolyptic earth.....ugh. Oh my....ive gone off on a rant again. Well till next time...this is the mighty exalted one jabba signin off.

  • July 10, 2001, 9:37 p.m. CST

    THINK! people...THINK!

    by The Chosen One

    I'm pretty sure that the reason why the people in charge of Final Fantasy decided to make the first Final Fantasy movie more like a Sci Fantasy is because the American audience isn't ready for an all out fantasy movie yet. Look how Dungeons and Dragons did...it sucked, but that's not the point...it didn't do too good in the first place because not many people are intrigued by fantasy. Really and truely only people who like fantasy (and i'm talking about magic, spells, wizardry and all that type of thing) goto see these movies and they end up bringing their friends and family. But Sci Fi is more appealing to America because there are more sci fi movies than fantasy...let's recap....Conan, Willow....um....Dungeons and Dragons...Krull...Legend...that's about it. And how many out of all of those were actually did good in the box office? I don't know...but it doesn't seem like many people goto see fantasy movies. I also agree that this person who reviewed Final Fantasy didn't give a clear reason why the script sucked. He just said the dialogue was cliched....well so is the rest of the summer movies this summer. He didn't say "the script sucked because the story seemed to drag" or "there were many parts that were utterly meaningless"...no, he basically said "the script sucks..." ALSO, he said that these characters don't have as much expression as Shrek? DUH! Shrek is more cartoony than Final Fantasy. That's like comparing Poke'mon to Ghost in the Shell. Shrek is cartoony COMEDY. Final Fantasy is a dramatic sci/fi. You don't see Ewan McGregor trying to act like Jim Carrey in Star Wars...don't compare 2 totally different things. Also...if this person knows a lil something about computers...he should know how hard it is to work with them. He should be congratulating the staff on a job VERY well done rather than bashing them for something he probably can't do himself. Let me remind you people that the reason the characters in Final Fantasy may seem a little unrealistic is because they AREN'T! ALSO because this is the first movie that's ever used photorealistic computer ANIMATION! This isn't Tomb Raider...This isn't something we've ever seem before. This is the FIRST in realistic cgi movies and I think they did a D4MN good job. ESPECIALLY for being the first to attempt this kind of risk.

  • July 10, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Any idiot can stick with the script over a long shooting period.

    by JUSTICE41

    ... But sometimes newer techniques and technology comes along and damned if you just don't wanna try an see if ya can get em into your movie somehow. Besides what seemed real cool a year ago may seem old and boring today. Gotta be able to adapt and refine the flick as your making it. I mean, c'mon, three years ago was a long time ago. Look at shrek, They made fun of things in that movie based on 4 yrs ago,Some of the audience for the movie weren't even born then. Look, as time passes, ideas become stale and trite. Very difficult to maintain.

  • July 10, 2001, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Summer Movies 2001

    by Dark Knight Lite

    The biggest disappointment EVER. So what's left? Planet of the Apes may be the only thing left to look forward to. This grizzled crimefighter certainly has low expectations for JP3 and the rest of the big releases for Summer. Its hard to believe that nobody can read a script in tinseltown anymore. I've seen a lot of movies this year, and MEMENTO is the only one worth a shit so far, Moulin Rouge included.

  • July 10, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Goldenthal score

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Got it yesterday from a guy at an NPR station, and it is nothing but NOISE from the Michael Kamen school of soundtracks. I love good soundtracks even when they come from so-so movies (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a perfect example), so be advised.

  • July 11, 2001, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Hiring 3 year old lame ****s for reviewing movies.

    by Crim

    The review was absolutely pointless. "The story bored me to the point that I started to look as dead as a lot of the characters were animated. An endless supply of faceless animal-like spirits are the main villains? And they combat them with big guns?? What made them think people would care about any of this nonsense" This dude was probably born in the internet boom genration. What did you wanted ? Are YOU the director ? The movie is suitable for certain mindsets, amongst which you're excluded. I consider myself to be FF fan. Too bad about you.

  • July 11, 2001, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Review of Darth Siskel:He Sux bigtime.

    by mpyre

    To quote Darth Siskel: "Any jackass that defends this movie today, will be very disapointed tommorrow, when he actually sees it. Unless you're one of THOSE people." Any reviewer that has to defend their review like this has got shit for brains. How uncool. How unAICN. I don't even care what film he's talking about. I hope I like this movie because that would mean I don't think like this nazi nutcase. So if my 11 year old nephew likes the flick because he's a fan of animation, he's a "jackass"?

  • July 11, 2001, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Other thoughts

    by Crim

    Guys, ignore this review and watch Final Fantasy ;The spirits Within. Its just his opinion and I dont blame him. "just watch sherk". Dude, Shrek was more like a cartoon than anything else. The characters are not more human, apart from few. They tend to have face long smiles, or they tend to fall from 80 ft and collapse to the ground and wake up like living papers. What, were you expecting a comedy movie from FF:Spirts ? If you think you're so good at facial animation, I wonder why Mr. Sakaguchi never hired you. " There are moments when the Final Fantasy characters' facial expressions are very good. " Oh man! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY ?! "But there were very very few moments like this" Thats better...damn you. " I never once gave a damn about what was happening in this movie. " See folks ? He didnt cared about the story. So obviously, dont listen to him. The movie is first of its kind. WATCH IT! If you dont know a single damn lil' thing about a FF game, then no problem. If you know about all of them, thats good for you. My shillings, 8.9/10

  • July 11, 2001, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Goldenthal

    by Payndz

    Elliot Goldenthal's doing the score? Shit! Why did they hire that hack? I could fart a better soundtrack. Let's see... Goldenthal's idea of scoring for an action scene. Cue the brass section... BLWAAAAAHH! BLAWAAAAH! BLULULULWAAAAAAH! Tense score - get the synth. Tnk tk tk tk, tnk tk tk, tnk tk tk... and here comes the action! BLWAAAAAHH! BLAWAAAAH! BLULULULWAAAAAAH! And I was quite looking forward to FF as well, until I read all this. Looks like 2001 is truly the year of the suckbuster.

  • July 11, 2001, 3:02 a.m. CST

    i agree with harry. Darth Siskel is too vague and ambiguous.

    by human2

    I mean, did he hate it? I can't tell at all. It's so wishy-washy, so vacillatory. Come on, Milo, tell us what you REALLY think!

  • July 11, 2001, 3:05 a.m. CST

    And what the fuck are you dumbfucks complaining about?

    by human2

    IT'S NOT A 'REVIEW'. It's as if your friend watched a film, and you sat down and talked 5 minutes with him about it. This is what Darth is saying. I don't care either way, I may or may not watch this film, but Darth is not a 'reviewer' and this is not a 'review'. He's just talking about the film. Does this look like Roger Ebert's web site to you? IT SHOULDN'T, BECAUSE IT'S NOT. What a bunch of lamebrain whiners.

  • July 11, 2001, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I gotta agree with Eternal...

    by Dave_F

    ...you Talkbackers have gone soft! I know it's been a while since the vitriolic Joe Hallenbeck last reviewed a film, and that jerk annoyed even me, but harsh reviews are no stranger to AICN! Jesus, I think Harry's "I love everything!" reviews have spoiled you guys to the point that you've forgotten that brutal honesty is occasionally a hallmark of this site too. Alexandra DuPont is great, but sometimes I want an opinion from a Joe Average-type like Darth Siskel who'll give me the bare-bones lowdown in the same tone I'd expect from a conversation where I'm just hangin' out with my buds. And when you're hangin' with your buds, you don't expect a detailed play-by-play - you expect a recitation of all the cool stuff if the movie was good, or damning put-downs if it blew chunks. Darth Siskel obviously went with the latter, and my instincts tell me that I'll be equally disappointed if I catch this one on the big screen. May yet do it, just to see the purty colors, but I have a very low tolerance for the bullshit mysticism and technobabble present in a lot of anime - which this movie seems to have in spades. For the record, I played and loved Final Fantasy 6 (number three in the series, stateside), but this flick appears to have very little of what I enjoyed about that game. Anyway, puff out that chest, Talkbackers, and learn to roll with the blows a little better. I won't go so far as to pine for the days when AICN was more rough 'n' tumble, but please...don't whine!

  • July 11, 2001, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Hmm

    by SamWave

    This movie's looked like jack shit since day one to me. Oh well. If nobody wants it to suck, then clearly it doesn't, right? He must know nothing at all!

  • July 11, 2001, 7:05 a.m. CST

    All critiques aside...

    by PowderKeg

    Do you think this will have a good run in the midnight movies for the stoners? or is it more of an acid movie due to all the pretty colors?

  • July 11, 2001, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Don't shoot the messenger people!

    by Damo74

    If the film sucks, then the film sucks and that's the opinion thats been put forward. I am reminded at the horror I suffered watching Highlander two - I wanted that film to be great and it was truely stunninglyu bad - just because you want something to be good, doesn't means it will be. Don't shoot the messenger! CGI is a new form and they will not get it right everytime. This one hjas to be chalked up to misappriation of talent. Good CGI? Bad script! Remember, the script is the single most important thing in any film!

  • July 11, 2001, 7:58 a.m. CST

    This is a great review! You're all pissed because..

    by Jaka

    ..you want this movie to be good. And it isn't. Let me say right here, that I will be going to see this movie in a theater because I think all the years of CGI work deserve to be seen on a giant screen with great sound. But come on! EVERY REVIEW had been somewhere between "this movie isn't very good" to "this movie sucks sweaty donkey balls". I think maybe some of you should lower your expectations a bit. This will not be a 100 million dollar box-office smash. It will be a small cult type film that will come and go, but live on with the game playing fans through the way cool sounding DVD. That's it.

  • July 11, 2001, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Saw the mantinee

    by IHTFP2000

    LIKED IT. OK, nobody's going to be clearing the mantle for an Oscar, but the film was visually stunning and had a reasonable script for a summer actioner. Admittedly, there are a lot of plot elements that will make more sense to people familiar with Japanese sci-fi/fantasy, but I think American audiences will find it engaging enough. This film is Aliens + Ghostbusters + a dash of Akira. If you expect less. Maybe because I already saw AI, I've had all the disappointment I can muster for the season...

  • July 11, 2001, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I think he liked it.....

    by Blok Narpin

  • July 11, 2001, 12:26 p.m. CST

    All this CG fluff...

    by Visa Geeza

    Everyone is going on about the CG visuals and all. O.K. it's taking Toy Story animation to the next level, but IT STILL LOOKS FAKE!!! Everyone seems to forget that in the right circumstances CG effects can look totally real, as long as the effects guys avoid overkill. Remember Jurassic Park, EIGHT years ago. Now I know this is different as FF is a fully rendered film, but sometimes I think the effects take a step backwards. Someone mentioned Jar Jar Binks....that couldn't have looked less real.

  • July 11, 2001, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Silly dialogue

    by Gilbert

    I suppose he also hated "Dawn of the Dead" and "Escape from New York" for their comic book dialogue.

  • July 11, 2001, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Did I read a different review from most of these people or what?

    by Huneybee

    I am in awe. What is the deal with the feeding frenzy into which the majority of the people on this talkback are participating? THE REVIEW PLAINLY STATES WHY DARTH SISKEL FOUND THIS MOVIE TO BE A PIECE OF...er,...MANURE!! For a moment there I almost forgot that I am supposed to be a lady. He ALSO TOOK THE TIME TO POINT OUT THE POSITIVE ASPECTS! This is not a video game; it is a movie. Obviously, despite the technological triumph this movie may be, it still has the potential to be a really bad movie. Without a decent plot and even slightly intelligent dialogue, only the FF Fans will be happy. I have seen the trailers and guess what? Even little ole me, not being a professional critic, watched and said to myself, "Are those not the stupidist lines you have ever heard coming from any character?" This observation includes human, animated, and CGI characters! For a group that fairly shredded PH for the triteness that was rampant throughout its dialogue, some of you sure as hell change your tune mighty quick when it's something YOU have looked forward to seeing. What I AM interested in is knowing how FFF's feel after seeing this movie. I would dearly love to see a TB on this subject after people have had time to actually see the film. Oh, and by the way, it was ENJOYABLE to read a review and not feel as if I needn't bother to see the movie as there could not possible be anything left to discover.______A Bee dazed at the aftermath of this review!

  • July 11, 2001, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Just saw this movie and it was....

    by JUSTICE41

    TRULY AWFUL. Man was I bored, this movie like A.I was some kind of enviromentalists wet dream. All that shit about gaia and the spirit world. BOOOOORRRRRINGGGGG!!!!!. Was it me or did all the characters have stiff necks??? Spidey trailer was only half good.The good half had all the shots of Spidey swinging around, the bad half had the robbery and helicoptor capture. All in all this movie sucked big turds,the animation, besides the stiff necks, was superb.But story wise, BLLLLLAAAAAAAGGGGHHH!!!!!

  • July 11, 2001, 7:54 p.m. CST

    The truth hurts

    by djack

    First the good, the CG was impressive, no doubt about it. Now the bad....OH THE BAD!, I am afraid the review is all to correct. The script was pure shit, it was a complete rip off of just about every sci-fi concept. The CG was great but what was with the expressions and emotions...when Aki is crying it looks more like she is having an asthma attack. At no point in the movie did I give a crap about these people what so ever. Eye candy alone doesnt make a good movie and this is a perfect example. Fans of FF will sing its praises no matter what but dont get angry when people tell the facts.

  • July 11, 2001, 8:11 p.m. CST

    i must be one of THOSE PEOPLE

    by Bumb48

    cause i really liked this movie. not the greatest movie ever made mind you, but a great movie nonetheless.

  • July 12, 2001, 12:12 a.m. CST

    If anyone with the intelligence of a two year old knew they were

    by sub-moxy

    Yes, the phantoms were TECHNICALLY spirits aswell, but I get the feeling that's not how you meant it. Which means you paid absolutely no attention from scene one. This is not a confusing film regardless of what you and others claim. If you didn't get it, you either didn't pay attention, or are an idiot. And if you didn't pay attention, then I think blasting it for being nonsensical is kind of lame. But that's me.

  • July 12, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST

    How many times did you hear "Let's get outta here!"

    by Randy E.

    That one line is the clearest indicator that the scriptwriter loves cliches to death--to the death of the movie, that is. As for another cliche, how about the Brother Rule: The black guy is always the first one to die. It's such an obvious cliche that it was even parodied in "Evolution", yet we see it once again in this flick. Yes, there were a few attempts at facial animation here and there, but they fell into the typical anime cliche of a way, way, WAY too exaggerated expression than what was really called for. Someone mentioned Jim Carrey above, and you are definitely correct. The lip-synching frequently sucked, though I have a hard time believing it would look any better if those were Japanese words passing through their lips. It would probably look just as bad. And though I figured out that their weapons were using some sort of bio-energy to fight the ghosts, how would even that harm them, since they seemed to enjoy snacking on the "spirits" of all our not-so-favorite human characters? Is there such a thing as bad bio-energy, then?

  • July 12, 2001, 10:20 a.m. CST

    FF movie "brother cliche"

    by Bumb48

    this has some spoilers n it. ok, anyone who says that the black guy was the first to get it in the movie obviously did not see it, or they have something very wrong with them. first of all a couple of generic characters died first, but then two major characters get killed (Neil and Jane) before our black dude "Ryan" is finally offed. so therefore your argument has no merit, go see the movie before you listen to all the crappy reviews this site has given the movie.

  • July 12, 2001, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Brother Rule continued

    by Randy E.

    As a matter of fact, I did see the movie, and I saw it yesterday so my memory is very fresh. He he was the first of all the characters to go down, and he was so mortally wounded that the rest of the team essentially left him for dead. Just because he didn't actually shuffle off this mortal coil until moments after a few of the others doesn't really make a bit of difference. He had the first big death scene (minus only the actual moment of death) and his loss from the team very clearly signalled that more team members would quickly follow.

  • July 12, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Pathetic review...

    by Jackass

    I am one of those people, Mofo. I saw it for the 2nd time, tonight. Brilliant stuff. The story is nothing special, but the visuals are why we go to see this. There was nothing boring about it. To each his own. The 2-disc DVD will be a welcome addition to my ever growing collection. And, yes, I am a jackass!!

  • July 14, 2001, 12:17 a.m. CST

    amazing visuals well executed

    by FunkyChicken

    I saw Final Fantasy earlier today at a real good theater and I'm real glad I went. I immediately realized that the story was full of your typical sci-fi clich

  • July 14, 2001, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Proud to be a JACKASS--I loved the film.

    by mpyre

    According to Darth Siskel, I'm a JACKASS for liking and defending this film. I loved FF and I plan to see it nearly every day in its digital run. There's a lot of great work done by over 150+ artists on the screen and I can't stop admiring every frame.Let's start an FF JACKASS Club.

  • July 14, 2001, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Tell me again why this was called Final Fantasy?

    by Dilemma

    For once I would like to see a movie that is not based on marketing but the story that the movie was made to represent! Where was the fantasy in this movie? May be I am way off but wasn't this movie based on a video game? So why is it that I have never seen spaceships and military getups in the game? But what I have seen in the game is more creative visuals- you know, flying fortesses, lavishing landscapes, cool beasts and way better costumes!!! But on the subject of beasts, why is it that eversince Warplanets came out,every CG bad guy is made of glowing energy. I'm sorry but I am the type that likes to know what the bad guy looks like and is thinking. Who know's, I may like their side of things. All I can say is lack of creativity or it must have been easer and cheaper to do it this way. Nothing empressed me. By now if this movie does I have no idea where you have been for the last 4-5 yrs. I along with so many others know what CGI is capable of. So now that we have the media,let's work on concept and design please. Trust me, we can handle it. Over all the movie was entertaining but I will never call it Final Fantasy.

  • July 15, 2001, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Only good thing is the Spidey trailer

    by pogoman77

    The movie was horrible. the script, story and dialogue was really bad. Nothing good about it. The end sucked. It was a good thing that I paid 5 bucks. The only thing good was the Spiderman Trailer

  • July 17, 2001, 11:20 p.m. CST

    final fantasy

    by sir zackley

    I saw it, and I've only played Final Fantasy VII one nightwhen i rented it 5 or 6 years ago, but from what I've heard, this movie has nothing to do with any of the characters or storylines from any of the games it takes its name from. However, the director also happens to be the game designer, so maybe he has added his own hidden elements that tie the multipule stories together. I've read that the current version in Japan is XI, but im not sure. In the past few months, I've seen two Asian movies, and both have ended with the same "dying for love" theme. And it's made me, the typical American moviegoer, leave the theater with a sour taste in my mouth. I'm much more accustomed to the "everyone good ends up happy" theme of most American movies, and this new culture shock hits me. Other than the death of the main love interest, I couldn't find anything else to tear down of a fine debut for the genre. It may be run of the mill, but that's not the question. It was really a test of whether or not they could actually MAKE it and be successful. It came however at our expense. I knew the movie had done the job for me when it actually made me feel for the character's loss at the end of the movie. It had to be a par script for a human to actually feel for the loss of a digital character. 3.5 of 5

  • July 21, 2001, 11:01 p.m. CST

    DARTH SISKEL

    by immortalflame

    That was funny hahaha.... This is almost exactly how I feel. The dumb melodramatic end was worst ever. One star for trying.

  • July 21, 2001, 11:04 p.m. CST

    DARTH SISKEL

    by immortalflame

    That was funny hahaha.... This is almost exactly how I feel. The dumb melodramatic end was worst ever. One star for trying.

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