Not I... I really didn't know what to expect. When I started watching it I actually got a bit excited at the prospect of watching what might be a cool movie Then, after watching it, I decided this movie was absolutely CRAPtacular!!
Same here. Although I didn't much care for FF7 the game, I gave this movie a chance. (I mean, hey, if I TRULY despised FF7, I wouldn't have touched Advent Children with a 10-foot pole.) I was very amazed at the CGI and how far it had come from the "okay, we're trying way too hard to make Aki look NOT perfect" miss in Spirits Within. The people looked and moved much more naturally in AC.
I loved the characterization and got a real kick out of hearing voices that I thought were very good fits for the characters (I've listened to only the Japanese voices so far). Otherwise, I thought the movie was rather "meh."
I like movies with intelligent and well thought out plots. This movie had neither. In fact, the "plot" was almost non-existent!!
HAHAHAHAHA!! You know, this comment reminds me of when we went to see the live-action Cutey Honey movie. (For those who don't know, Cutey Honey is an anime. But I haven't watched it so I have no idea what the premise is.) I came out of the movie feeling supremely dissatisfied with the lack of substance. To which my b/f said, "Oh, what, you actually went into that movie expecting a PLOT?"
Yeah, the plot of AC was rather fuzzy, now that I think about it. Too many plot holes, I think. Or maybe I just need to watch the movie again with better subtitling.
There was absolutely NO excitement however during the fight scenes, because it was obvious that no matter how much beating a character took, he or she would never die nor seriously get hurt.
I thought the fight scenes were exciting because they were packed with action. But your comment about characters not dying brought to mind the fight between Neo and the innumerable Agent Smiths in the Matrix: Whichever Sequel It Was. I remember reading somewhere (might have been Entertainment magazine) that asked something like, why doesn't Neo just fly away rather than staying to fight all those Smiths? And the answer was basically: Because then there wouldn't be a dramatic fight scene.
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The entire battle against that huge creature was pretty silly, to me. I mean, expending all this energy to fight something when whatever-bad-guy's-name-is could easily just summon up another one of those things -- it made the fight seem pointless and useless, rather than giving the feeling that they were in a serious fight that could very well change the course of history.
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But hey, the CG was really nice.