Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Nausicaä


I watched Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Like all Miyazaki, it looks beautiful and flows with imagination.

It lives, however, in that dark level of impossible to review films. The early work of a filmmaker who was already way better than most, but not as good as the later him. To dismiss it as less than great seems unfair, but it's difficult to praise in the same terms as you would have previously.

I have no doubt that if I'd never seen a Miyazaki film prior to this, his second film as a director, I would be absolutely blown away. Unfortunately, I've seen that he was able to develop many of these same themes into work that was even more amazing, most notably with Princess Mononoke, but this is clearly where that grows from and the animation is wonderfully designed and the movement is beautiful.

I am curious to read the manga, which is supposed to delve much deeper into all of the characters and continues the story quite a ways. I'll get back to you if that bears worthwhile fruit.

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