A Redemptive Fantasy Film
My sister (who knows me better than anyone) told me that I HAVE to see a movie called Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. It’s a take of a PlayStation game. I’m not into gaming or animation much, but my sister was insistent that I watch this one. And, wow. I've observed the movie several times to completely absorb the action, political tension, brilliant CGI animation, and epic music combined. What consumed me, however (my sister is always right), was the spiritual symbolism along with the theme of forgiveness. It centered on a character named Cloud.
Cloud, a former member of an elite combat force, an ex-soldier, walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude. He is unable to forgive himself for the bloodshed in which his hands had partaken. Although plagued by painful recollections, powerful allies, such as Vincent Valentine (he's my favorite. Again, sister guessed it) who has also dealt with remorse, manage to draw Cloud back into battle to help protect and to fight, to make right what had gone wrong for all of them.
Yet, as Cloud ever struggles with the demons of his past, he asks, “Are sins ever forgiven?”
I adore this film.
I've been a fan of the Final Fantasy series for a long time. I have Advent Children and found it be a fare more satisfying conclusion to FF7 story than the game. The series has always dealt with themes of forgiveness and personal introspection. Cloud's descent into his own doubts was a major theme of the story which I found very deep and mature for a video game.
4/17/2014 04:43:32 am
Sounds like I ought to expand my exploration of this series. What I've witnessed thus far truly is amazing.
3/27/2018 12:10:52 am
I've been a fan of this game since I was a child. I used to play it on Playstation ,and I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who got hooked up from the game! That led me to watching the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Of course, the movie has a certain mission. The editing was really nice, and I ma not even surprised that people have loved there movie offering that was originally from a plantation game!
3/27/2018 12:27:43 pm
Very cool, thanks for commenting. The backstory to Final Fantasy is compelling, for sure.
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