Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive

Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive movie

Final Fantasy has been around since I was a kid. And while I’ve never been big into gaming, I’ve always been peripherally aware of the franchise. I remember seeing a trailer in the late 80’s for one and being enchanted by the other wordly graphics. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. So when I was offered the chance to screen this film, I took it!

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What struck me about the world of Kingsglaive was how it manages to ground itself both in reality and fantasy. the city of Lucis is littered with halls and throne rooms, with grand costumes and magical foes. But also with highways and an Audi and cartoons on the TV. It felt like a Prius drove through a scene on Game of Thrones. At first it was a jarring transition since I’ve never seen anything like this. But that element of the unexpected helped to give Kingsglaive a completely unique feeling. In a world saturated with dystopian stories, this felt fresh and different. It’s not a dystopian universe, it’s a world all it’s own. If Game of Thrones and Call of Duty had a little CGI baby, it would be this film.

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Princess Lunafreya voiced by Lena Headey

Final Fantasy brought in some serious heavy hitters to voice the characters in this film. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Lunafreya, who is NOT Regis’ daughter. Hahaha, laughing at myself here cause, I’m not sure what happened when I was watching, but totally thought she was. Apparently I wasn’t paying very close attention. In my defense, there was a crying baby in the room. For a much more comprehensive synopsis…Google it! 😉 Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Nyx, a member of the Kingsglaive who is sent on a mission to protect Lunafreya and ends up going on a journey all his own. And the incomparable Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) as King Regis, the King of Lucis who is stuck in the impossible position of making peace and protecting his people.

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Nyx voiced by Aaron Paul

Here’s the gist, the magical realm of Lucis is under attack, not only from other worldly beasts, but also from forces sent by Niflheim and Tenebrae. In an effort to create a treaty between warring worlds, Lunafreya travels to Lucis to marry Prince Noctis and broker peace. The Kingsglaive are the protectors of the realm and are charged with fulfilling the King’s orders.

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King Regis voiced by Sean Bean

I found that as I watched this movie, I really didn’t need to have everything explained or make sense. At times I really didn’t know what was happening. But it was the characters that kept it interesting for me and made me want to keep watching. Especially the character of Libertus, a member of the Kinsglaive and friend to Nyx, who after learning of his friend and fellow Glaive member, Crowe’s death, begins to question the actions of his King and even flirts with traitors.

***SPOLER ALERT*****My favorite part of all was the use of Sean Bean’s voice. It immediately gave me something familiar to latch on to and pull me into the world of Lucis, Niflheim and Tenebrae (even without me really knowing what was going on.) He should be used in all the things, but please stop killing Sean Bean!!!

Take a look at the trailer and give this film a try. It’s a bold and different project and is worth a watch. It’s in theaters now. 

 

5 Fandom Friday

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5 Fandom Deaths I’m Still Upset About

Fair warning! This post contains many spoilers because one cannot talk fandom deaths without actually mentioning who it is that died. So if you haven’t watched Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, LOST, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones than don’t look. Don’t be spoiled. Go watch those shows and come back…see you in a few months or a few years if you aren’t that dedicated to getting through them all.

Thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday.

Here goes…

#1 – Amy and Rory from Doctor Who

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OK, so the fans knew this one was coming. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill were set to leave the show. It was either die or stop time traveling all together and Amy Pond would never have quit her raggedy man if she could help it. So they died. Death by old age, so not a bad way to go. But to be ripped from your own timeline by a Weeping Angel…no thanks. This episode still causes major waterworks every time I watch it. I’ll never get over losing Amy and Rory!!

#2 – Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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There are quite a few upsetting deaths on BtVS (I’m looking at you Joyce and Jenny.) Even Buffy herself bit the bullet, not once up twice. But Tara’s death still manages to shock and upset me the most. When you see that blood splatter on Willow’s crisp white peasant blouse…Tara’s blood. Tara who was sweet and innocent and Willow’s lobster. Torn away from the mortal coil by a gun shot to the chest. This one stings because it smacks of reality. In a fantastical world like Buffy, to have died from something so human as a gun shot…well, it just sucks. We live in a world where this is far too common. And Tara’s death still feels completely unjust. Warren deserved the flaying that he got, if you ask me!

#3 – Charlie from LOST

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DANG! Charlie!! This one stings every time I think about it. You LOST fans know the keen loss. The pain still smarts! I never saw this one coming. I guess I should have. By season 3, people were being picked off like flies. I guess I still thought the core cast (the ones I like most) would be safe. Of course, we’d come to find out that no one is truly safe on LOST and it is Charlie’s death that really taught us that lesson. The words “Not Penny’s Boat” still haunt me. Charlie went out saving lives. The perfect symmetry to how he entered our lives. He began as a selfish, drugged out rock star and truly became a fan favorite (or at least this fan’s favorite!)

#4 – Ned Stark from Game of Thrones

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I’m a GOT book reader. I’ve read books 1-4 so I knew it was coming, but it still didn’t prepare me for the sadness of losing the Stark patriarch. Ned Stark was a man of justice and integrity. He kept the monarch in line and his own family. Tough job, especially when you have Lannisters against you. He was domed from the beginning because on Game of Thrones, the just and the moral get punished.

To be fair, there are more shocking and more horrifying deaths on Game of Thrones (see: Rob Stark, Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, Ygritte, Khal Drogo, Oberyn Martell, etc.) but it’s Ned’s death that sets the tone for the series in season 1. It’s Ned’s death that sets the Lannisters up for their reign of power and ultimate downfall. And it’s Ned Stark who could have stopped the evil from spreading through Westeros. We miss you, Ned! (Please stop killing Sean Bean off of things I like!)

#5 – Hershel from The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is another show where death is rampant and usual. It’s rarely surprising anymore (except if Darryl were to die… that would be shocking and surprising and completely upsetting…Don’t do that, AMC!) But I admit, Hershel’s death got me. I literally screamed when it happened. (That’s what happens when you watch TWD alone in your apartment with all the lights off.) Hershel was another example of someone who kept the balance. Being a good guy is a really tough business on TV. No one cared when Angela died or stupid Dale. It’s the good ones that truly rip the heart out. And Hershel’s death was my least favorite one (though Beth’s came pretty close.)

Honorable Mention – Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation
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I want to give a shout out to one of the earliest fandom, TV deaths, Tasha Yar. Star Trek killed off Tasha way before it was cool to kill off characters. And no one saw that one coming because the internet wasn’t what it is today… or even a thing at all. So there were no rumors surrounding her upcoming death. Or fan theories about. She was an upstanding crew member who went on an away mission to a planet with a tar monster. She was taken by the tar monster…goodbye Tasha Yar.

If this post has left you feeling a little depressed and nostalgic for characters long gone, then definitely don’t go back and watch the happy times before they died. I tried that with season 1 of Game of Thrones…trust me, it only made things worse.

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 28

Day 28: Eddard Stark from Game Of Thrones

Yes, Game of Thrones has ended for the season and any faithful watchers are probably still smarting from the events in that finale!! In an effort to remember the happy times, I went back and watched season 1 again. MISTAKE!!! Remember the happy times??? When was that? The first 20 minutes of episode 1 and then never again. There are many shocking, upsetting, unjust deaths on Game of Thrones. But none are quite like the death of Eddard “Ned” Stark. He is the Hand of the King, the just Lord of Winterfell, a father of 6 and a husband. His death sets events in motion that would change the course of the show and separate the beloved Stark family forever.  (Trust me, don’t go back and watch. It’s straight up depressing.)

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This was a really easy one! Some days you need a simpler hairstyle to get ya through the day. Ned Stark knew how to keep it simple. When you are Lord of Winterfell and have great responsibilities, then you really don’t need to be taking time to worry about your hair!

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