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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While there are themes of loyalty, responsibility, and teamwork, the movie also presents violence as the only real means of conflict resolution.
Positive Role Models
Nyx, King Regis, and others fight for the freedom of their people and their home, no matter the cost. Characters demonstrate teamwork and responsibility, though they also engage in violent battles to resolve conflicts.
Violence & Scariness
Strong fantasy/action violence throughout, albeit with little blood/gore. Monsters are dismembered. Humans are shot, impaled, and stabbed. A corpse with a grim expression is found covered in flies.
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"Ass" and "bastard" are used infrequently.
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Products & Purchases
The movie's main purpose is to promote the game Final Fantasy XV; the movie's events lead directly up to the opening of the game. Ads for UNIQLO and Beats by Dre are shown constantly in the background of the crown city, and the main characters drive Audi cars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters enjoy alcoholic drinks in one scene but aren't intoxicated. Painkillers are taken for medical reasons.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is basically one big promo for the Final Fantasy XV video game. The movie's plot serves as a prequel to the game, introducing key characters and settings and leaving off right where the game begins. Even those new to the Final Fantasy franchise will understand the main storyline, but only diehard fans will understand the finer details. Violence is shown as the only means of conflict resolution, and there's a lot of it. Characters use an arsenal of guns, magic, and swords to slay their adversaries, and corpses are shown (not much gore, though). Language is infrequent but includes "ass" and "bastard." The cast includes several positive role models, but their effectiveness is undermined by the movie's confusing plot and clichéd writing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This animated adventure's amazing visuals are stunning, but the incoherent plot, poor writing, and dull action will leave you snoring. While understanding every bit of the story would involve prior knowledge of the Final Fantasy franchise, any viewer will notice that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV has some serious flaws. The plot has far too many story elements that fall flat, and many characters seemed shoehorned in (even though they'll appear in the follow-up game). The main characters are somewhat likeable, as their actions are noble, but their cookie-cutter personalities immediately become stale. Action scenes are plentiful, but after the first couple teleportation battles and giant sword fights, they quickly become nothing more than flashing colors and cheesy one-liners.
All of that said, many viewers may be blown away by the film's amazing animation. The previous Final Fantasy movies have always been eye candy, but Kingsglaive's photo-realistic animation, mixed with fluid camera motion, will leave give your eyes a sugar high like never before. Fans of the series will be absolutely delighted with the gorgeous visualization of their beloved series and will be eager what to see what comes next in the game Final Fantasy XV.
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