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Reviews Comments: Not Miyazaki's finest, but still a very watchable movie Princess Mononoke film/book review by porschelemans

Princess Mononoke is a very different beast to the usual fare of Hayao Miyazaki, but is still undeniably a brilliant film. The animation is beautiful, as with all Studio Ghibli, and the film does possess an enormous amount of power.

Mononoke is notably more violent than Miyazaki's other films. As in, it's REALLY REALLY VIOLENT, but this in no way detracts from it, as it suits the tone of the story. And what a story...

Far darker than other works by the same director, it drops Miyazaki's usual beautiful childlike innocence for a gritty historical fantasy style, although many of his hallmarks are still clearly there, such as strong female characters (arguably more so than any of his other films), and copious amounts of Scenery Porn.

Don't go into this expecting Ponyo, this is a very mature film, and one I'd highly recommend, but, I cannot compare it to the likes of Castle In The Sky, as, quite simply, the feeling of childlike wonder most Miyazaki films instil in the viewer is not there, even if the plot, with it's morally ambiguous tale of man versus nature, is most likely his strongest.



  • z55177
  • 28th Mar 13
VIOLENT? DARKER? I guess you have not seen "Grave of the Fireflies", a struggle of a teen boy and his little sister in Japan after WWII. It is an old movie done by Miyazaki (can be found floating on the web). The movie is very graphic, sad, and will leave you in a state of depression for weeks.
  • doctrainAUM
  • 28th Mar 13
Grave of the Fireflies is a Ghibli film, but Miyazaki had nothing to do with it.
  • ChaoticTrilby
  • 23rd Feb 14
Indeed, Grave of the Fireflies was not one of his. I think that Isao Takahata directed it. And it the story itself was based off of a novel, which was written by someone else, if I recall correctly.
  • Jan_z_Michal
  • 26th Aug 17
Not his finest? It\'s his bloody Magnum Opus.

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