Monday, September 14, 2009

Ponyo *Movie Review*


Found on IMDB:

"The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an ocean-side cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human."

My Thoughts:

It is no secret that my favorite director is Miyazaki, and when I saw the preview trailer for Ponyo, I nearly flipped my lid(my mother was quite confused, too, as it was when she was having a conversation with me). I was excited to watch it the other day, but(and yes, there is a bit but) I was disappointed.

Most of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's other films are:

1. Longer
2. Not so rushed
3. Meaningful

I think that's why I was disappointed the most-The movie seemed extremely rushed through to me. If they had taken just a little more time, they could have contributed so much more to the story line! The other thing that I wish they would have done was add more meaning to the story line-Yes, we know true love is a very powerful thing, but where is the journey? The mechanics of the emotion? The danger? I guess my question is what drove these characters to fall in love and why. If you know Miyazaki's other films, you know what I'm talking about...

Although, by all means it's not NOT a good movie-It's a great story and the best part is it's family friendly so everyone no matter what age can watch it.

**This is an opinion solely based on my thoughts and opinions of the movie in question and no one elses. I was not influenced one way or another to write the subject matter in this review, so if you don't like it or don't agree with it, that is your choice and I fully respect it so please extend me the same curtsy**

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