I like the movie, but let me provide another perspective of what is probably going through critics’ minds lol…
First, we’re are mad at the critics, not because they don’t have a point…but because they’re raining on the hype parade. Admit it.
Face it, this movie is the logical outcome of postmodernity in art. It breaks the boundaries of what’s an acceptable movie with its commercial goal in mind.
The whole movie of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is product placement for an unreleased video game.
This is the real reason critics don’t like Kingsglaive. Kingsglaive is actually critic’s worst nightmare. Sure, it looks good. But they don’t want to review a two hour cut-scene, a glorified commercial or a video game promotional. They usually want a movie with depth. Sitting through a movie they can’t fully understand? Without learning the Final Fantasy XV lore? They’ll feel as if they’re wasting their time.
Critics are horrified at the implications of a product placement-like movie. They probably cringed a little while watching Kingsglaive. Plus, it doesn’t explain itself and takes itself seriously, which equals pretentious to critics.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was a movie first and foremost, with hopes it may advertise the Final Fantasy name. It was also about something besides itself. But why did people hate Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? Because it wasn’t based on an actual Final Fantasy game.
Kingsglaive, on the other hand, was to promote an unreleased game. Kingsglaive has awesome graphics and action sequences but not much else. By movie standards, this feels like the second part in a trilogy with no first part. The story isn’t anything to write home about (let’s wait until Final Fantasy XV). The acting is mediocre and characters are flat (except for Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul lol).
Plus, lots of questionable plot holes make this “fantasy based on reality” feel unrealistic to them. For example, Nyx walks into the King’s chambers during a high-security event, while no one can stop him? The soldiers literally threw up their hands as Nyx simply walked too far away from them. Critics were rolling their eyes.
Critics saw the movie as trying to be something it wasn’t. The Japanese are still in the business of making imitation-Hollywood movies. Kingsglaive is just one of the best looking of these imitations so far. We have a two-hour eye candy popcorn flick for a game. I think anyone who’s honest with themselves could see this. The critics could see this. This is the real reason Kingsglaive has a 7% rating.
They were fair and respected Kingsglaive by reviewing it. But we wanted it to play by movie standards, so best be careful what we wish for. We can’t expect them to placate our hype by rating it highly. It doesn’t matter if Final Fantasy XV as a whole “looks good”. Remember, even the Japanese shrugged Kingsglaive off. This movie is for fans of Final Fantasy XV. IGN would’ve been a better outlet to rate this movie XD
Overall, Kingsglaive is style over substance. But if you like it, who cares what the critics think? Screw the critics! Watch Kingsglaive and like it. Critics don’t have to like this movie to validate our hype of it. Play Final Fantasy XV.