Sunday, 25 March 2007

Castle in the Sky (aka Laputa) movie review ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Castle In The Sky DVD capture gallery

★★★★★ ★★★☆☆
Animated epic (two hours long) from Japanese genius Hayao Miyazaki which is entertaining, delightful, surprising, thrilling, spectacular and brilliant from start to end. It occasionally loses the viewer with regard to the plot but that is its only weakness. Eight stars feels a bit mean but, I think, it is the right rating and that is an must-see eight stars.
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Pazu rescues an unconscious girl descending from the night sky with a glowing pendant around her neck. He helps the girl, Sheeta, to escape from the air pirates and the military who are obsessed with Laputa, a legendary kingdom on a floating island in the sky with which Sheeta is suspected of being connected.

◦ Mayumi Tanaka: Pazu
◦ Keiko Yokozawa: Sheeta
• Writer (Original Story): Hayao Miyazaki
• Writer (Screenplay): Hayao Miyazaki
• Director: Hayao Miyazaki

. Violence, some strong violence, some comic violence.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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The production design and artwork is unforgettable and is brilliantly animated. Especially telling are the number of small touches throughout which we may not see but add to the illusion. Things such as a plank flexing when Pazu catches Sheeta at the beginning and many more details that I cannot remember or didn't see all tell of the care of this undertaking.

While most people were introduced to anime through the impenetrable "Akira" or "Ghost in the Shell", this movie is timeless and accessible. This is not just a great Japanese animation movie, it is a great movie.

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