Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)


Final Fantasy is as popular an RPG series as there is, though it is more popular in Japan than in the United States. It was popular enough at the turn of the millennium to get an animated feature, though, which was exciting at the time. Major effort went into the film. It was the first photorealistic computer-animated feature film ever made. The technological advances were remarkable.

Obviously, technology has advanced since 2001, but the film was impressive at the time, and it still feels pretty cool. The movie is solid, and enjoyable to see rendered, but it was also crazy expensive. While The Spirits Within made $85.1 million worldwide, it cost $137 million to make. In 2001! Hey, we are here to judge the merits of a movie, not how it did at the box office.

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