Final Fantasy VII has always been one of the greatest Final Fantasy that was ever made. The game was introduced in 1997 and it gained huge critical acclaim worldwide. The characters Cloud, Tifa, Red XIII, Cid, Barret, Vincent, Yuffie and other characters were all well received. The villain Sephiroth was probably the most well known villain worldwide, and he was one of the best villains that was ever created. Squaresoft (before they merge with Enix) really was the “master” of role playing games back then. After 8 years, they did a sequel for the game in form of a movie. Thus, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children was born, this also was well received by millions of fans and critics alike.
If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy VII, then you will surely love this film. The movie is dedicated to the fans, this fan service did a great job and it’s well worth your time. People all over the world are pleased with this movie. Of course there’s always a slight negative feedback. Some saying that it was too long, or they don’t understand the story. Well, if you’re not a Final Fantasy fan and you just love anime and cool battle sequence, then I think you don’t need to “dig” in too much of the story if you don’t like FFVII. One major factor in the film’s success is its director. Tetsuya Nomura directed this movie, and as we all know, he directed the Kingdom Hearts series, of which was highly acclaimed and well received by fans and critics all around the world. If you recall, there was also a movie called Final Fantasy: The Spirit’s Within but it was a huge disappointed. Even some fans claimed it as “crap”, of which it was ironic because the one who directed that was the “Father of Final Fantasy” himself, Hironobu Sakaguchi. This just shows that Tetsuya Nomura knows how to direct a game/movie. He is known for being a “quality” kind of guy, which means he won’t compromise quality over quantity and time.
They also released a director’s cut version of the movie, which is called, “Advent Children Complete”. This is a Blu Ray version of the movie, and it received a lot of positive reviews. Dustin Somner, who argued that the “plot is emotionally dense, the action is explosively over-the-top, and the world in which the story enfolds is rich with creativity.” Somner highly recommended the Blu-ray to people who had already seen the film and fans of Final Fantasy VII. I highly recommend the Blu Ray version of the movie because of its image and sound quality. It’s a bang for your buck, and because also of the added scenes. It’s really enjoyable watching the battle scenes of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. You won’t be bored and the emotional touch during some of the scenes are amazing. You’ll reward yourself more if you really know the story or have finished the Final Fantasy VII game. Knowing the overall story will help you understand the movie better. There’s highly no doubt that the cgi for this movie is one of the best that I’ve ever seen. As expected from Square Enix, they always have an edge with their visuals, they really nailed it. The music is great as well, scores from the legendary Nobou Uematsu from FFVII is recognized once again in this movie. The music is simply amazing.
Overall, whether you’re a Final Fantasy VII fan or not, I believe you will enjoy this movie. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll probably even become one of the fans after you have watched it. If you’re a long time fan, I don’t need to tell you to watch this movie because probably you’re watching it now. Tetsuya Nomura and his team did a great job with this film, and hopefully we will see more of this calibre and quality in the near future. Final Fantasy VII has always been influential to a lot of people, and it has made a lot of fans worldwide. I didn’t explain much of the story, I don’t want to spoil you guys here. All I can say is, get up from your chair or bed, whatever, and watch this awesome movie. You won’t be disappointed, now that’s for sure.