Perhaps one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most breathtaking films and an incredible Japanese animation triumph, it’s no wonder this film’s popularity comes from the magic helmed by the master of its genre. One of Japan’s top box-office champions, it is no wonder why this film is a spectacle to experience all on its own. It gives the same charm and imaginative gusto such as its American counterpart Disney. Princess Mononoke is a film for all anime or animation lovers alike to watch and devour with their hearts and their eyes.
This colorful film follows gods and demons in a struggle to save a precious forest guarded by Princess Mononoke and her tribe of wolves. Hayao Miyazaki has outdone himself by creating a beautiful, breathtaking, and harsh world where nature battles man. Like a sweeping forceful and zealous comic book storytelling, it is no wonder why the talented Neil Gaiman had helmed the English adaptation of one of the most ambitious Japanese animation films ever created. All of these things make this film a gem in the animation film world, but its theme of nature, Japanese myth, and a long history is what truly makes this film so special.
The film’s hero Ashitaka is launched into his quest to save the forest when a giant boar attacks his village, shrouded in small wriggling parasite like strands. After killing the gargantuan demon and getting infected by the curse, Ashitaka is forced to leave his village in search of the Forest Spirit to try and heal his infected curse.
The forest is filled with some of Miyazaki’s most extravagant creatures. The first we see of them is the Tree Spirits of otherwise known in Japanese mythology as Kodamas, small child-like spirits who are born from the trees. Others we see are the giant white wolves that protect the forest from outside threats. This is when we encounter Princess Mononoke herself. But perhaps the most far-fetched and extravagant creatures in the film is the Forest Spirit. Roaming the forest in an animal-like form and wandering above the treetops by night with a gossamer-like shine the size of Godzilla. Not to mention the swathes of plants and flowers displayed when the Forest Spirit walks is ravishingly presented.
Translated by Neil Gaiman while still capturing that Japanese charm, this film is told through the voices of many actors such as Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Cudrup, Clair Danes, and Gillian Anderson that belong to the vibrant images displayed throughout the film.
So, guess what. Oh, come on you shouldn’t be guessing because you have probably already seen it, but here it goes. I HAVE SEEN FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM!! Pardon my enthusiasm. So as you have most likely seen, is my anticipation post for this movie. That post was mostly just to release my enthusiasm. But now I will talk about the movie and my opinion on just how good it was.
So, the film starts out, as those of you who have seen it know, with the beloved Harry Potter theme music, and a dark and mysterious beginning of a blond haired man and very important wizards get blasted to death. When you first hear the music, everyone shouts and claps, showing how appreciative and passionate people were about J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
When we first meet Newt Scamander, I was perplexed. This man from Great Britain is quirky, and as we find out… not fond of other people. He has a suitcase full of fantastic beasts… and his Niffler gets out causing all kinds of trouble.
Then we meet Queenie and Tina Goldstein. Tina works for the Wand Permit Office, and Queenie having the odd ability of being a Legilimens.
Now I will not say anything else except if you are still reading this and haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading immediately!
I was very surprised to see Johnny Depp cast as Gellert Grindlewald. He looked very sly and evil with his hair being blonde and his eyes a glassy blue. I was very intrigued, and can not wait for what kind of evil he will cast in the next four movies!
Now, overall the film was great. The beasts were amazing, and the characters were wonderful.
About a week ago I saw Doctor Strange. I have been meaning to write about this movie since I have seen it, but got busy with various homework assignments burying me alive. Not to mention NaNoWriMo has taken up a lot my time lately. So without further a do here is my review:
This colorful psychedelic and “trippy” installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is by far a gargantuan leap into the popular movie franchise. Filled with perplexing special effects and visuals; it’s by far a movie roller coaster that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Doctor Stephen Strange is an actual and literal doctor. And by doctor I mean he is an actual neurosurgeon who is one of the best in the business. He is arrogant and witty, and a pompous jerk through the first half of the movie, and Stephen Strange is played by none other than the brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch. This blockbuster is a hit among the previously loved but sometimes bland Marvel movies.
The film starts out with a normal story about a brilliant rich neurosurgeon who spends his days doing laborious surgeries. He is called upon many times from his colleagues because of his existential skill. On a night time joyride in his lambo he texts and drives, eventually causing him to crash and lose the abilty to use his hands. This incident causes him to battle himself, trying to fix his abiltity, battling himself within.
Then, when he thinks all hope is lost, all of his belongings and precious watches sold, his money draining from his pocket, he is launched into a world of sorcery and magic. He is told by a man who learned to walk again to go to Kathmandu, Nepal. He meets the infamous Ancient One played by none other than the actress Tilda Swinton. He ends up not just trying to use his hands again, but saving the multiverse from more darker and mysterious threats.