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[31/31: The Movie | Part 10] Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Like Wing Commander, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was directed by its series creator, and like Wing Commander, the result is disappointing. But where the two differ is that The Spirits Within isn't terrible. The script, by screenwriters Al Reinert (Apollo 13) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) -- in collaboration with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi -- perfectly inhabits that space right in between "good" and "bad," where movies are instead just mind-numbingly dull.

What follows is my attempt to express in words the experience of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within:

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Gaia blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Ferngully: The Last Rainforest blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah blah blah Steve Buscemi? It is! Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Bullets don't hurt the ghosts -- because they're ghosts -- except for when bullets do hurt the ghosts. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah,
and the final piece of the puzzle required to save the universe is given to her when the eighth spirit approaches her in a dream and tentacle rapes her through her clothes. WHAT???

And then it goes right back to being boring again, as if that scene never happened, causing me question my sanity. But that scene really is in there. It's like these movies are conspiring to destroy my sanity.

That said, it's not a poorly directed movie, just a poorly written one. It was also an expensive one, due to its state of the art CGI for its day. Unfortunately, the poor box office reception resulted in its losing money, essentially ending Sakaguchi's career as a movie director. But then, who's to say how much of the script's problems were the fault of the screenwriters versus Sakaguchi himself.

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