You may know that Square Enix recently delayed Final Fantasy XV until November 29th, but that didn’t stop them from releasing the prequel, tie-in movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Kingsglaive is not self-contained, but that’s due to the link to the upcoming game. The movie itself really doesn’t make much sense, but it’s fun to watch.
As I said, the movie makes no sense as a standalone project, due to almost every plot point is left unresolved. The fate of nearly every main character in the almost two-hour-long mess is up in the air. Being honest, it felt like a bunch of game cutscenes smashed together without any true attempt at making a good film. SPOILERS BELOW!
The movie begins with some cool battle scenes to introduce us to some of the main characters including Nyx (Aaron Paul), Lunafreya (Lena Headey), and King Regis (Sean Bean). The intro shows us that the special forces called the Kingsglaive wield magic on loan from King Regis to defend the Kingdom of Lucis where he rules. How does this lending of magic work? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Your guess is as good as mine.
Back to the story, the empire of Niflheim is waging a war against the Kingdom of Lucis, but the two sides agree to sign a peace treaty. Through some shady actions Nilfheim attacks Lucis during the signing of the treaty, and a lot of betrayal goes down for honestly unclear reasons. Once things go down the movie lets all semblance of a plot fall aside to make room for about an hour of action.
Much of the dialogue in Kingsglaive is very cliché, and the general “a soldier sacrifices everything for his friends and country” is just as predictable. Basically this film is only watchable as an extended intro for Final Fantasy XV, which is exactly what it is meant to be.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is visually stellar, and the CGI work in it is amazing. While Kingsglaive isn’t absolutely terrible, the plot was lacking, and I hope the storytelling in Final Fantasy XV the game isn’t as bad. I do find the world and lore of the film and the upcoming game to be fascinating, so it was nice to get an early glimpse into that world. Kingsglaive is a beautiful two-hour cutscene to begin Final Fantasy XV, but it is not a good standalone flick.