Due to the humongous popularity of Final Fantasy VII
, it's natural that Square would succumb to the temptation of milking the name for all it's worth. This is not an outlet for critiquing Square's business decisions, though. Nonetheless, it gives you an idea for what Advent Children
is about. It's got a strong summer blockbuster feel with fantastic animation, awesome action scenes, and is jam-packed with fanservice for those who've played the original game. However, like most summer blockbusters, that's all it really amounts to.
The plot is something I can sum up in a nutshell: Sephiroth gets revived so that he can have an awesome climactic battle with Cloud to an equally Crowning Music Of Awesome
remix of the iconic One-Winged Angel
. The rest is mostly an excuse to get up to that point, crammed with action and angst. Yep, angst, what some may refer to as a Final Fantasy
staple. Kadaj, who is pretty much "the guy that will turn into Sephiroth", whines constantly about Mother, or Jenova. Cloud for much of the movie is unable to get over his past, though you have to hand it to Tifa for doing a Lampshade Hanging
and telling him that it's not all about himself. People claim that I probably should play the original game first before critiquing the plot, but I counter that a movie should be able to stand on its own for newcomers to the series. Also, from what I heard, people that have played the original were still unhappy with Cloud's perceived Character Derailment
, but I'm not going to waste too many words on idle speculation. Admittedly, I might be able to appreciate this movie more if I played the game first, but from what I've seen, I doubt that knowledge would make it seem any more than pure fanservice, although I might be able to get said fanservice, which is worth something at least.
If you're looking for a nice animated action movie, you've got it here. Just don't go in expecting too much depth.