Ming-Na Wen

'Fantasy' is truly entertaining

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is being promoted as a great leap forward for animation, a precursor to the day when pen and ink and computers will make actors obsolete.

Well, OK. Maybe if you're easily fooled or not paying attention, you might believe those are flesh-and-blood beings up there on the screen. But the greatest thing about Final Fantasy (and there's a lot to like) is that such hyperbole misses the point. The characters here are definitely real. Not human, perhaps, but real.

A feast for the eyes and a treat for the imagination, Final Fantasy is a blast. Based on a popular interactive computer game introduced in 1987, it features characters that connect with...