Thursday, February 13, 2014
Movie Review: Castle in the Sky
My Thoughts: This is possibly the greatest animated movie in the history of filmmaking. The beautiful traditional animation has a greater fairy tale quality than most computer animation, and director Hayao Miyazaki uses the art style skillfully to craft the best film in his legendary career. Unique settings nearly pop out of the screen, from an apparently post-apocalyptic steampunk earth to the spectacular floating castle of the title.
The characters who inhabit this film are just as memorable as the animation and settings, from a kind-hearted princess to sky pirates to a ruthless government agent who hides his true identity. Some aspects of the story, particularly the ending, felt a bit too ambiguous in some ways, and this kept the film from achieving its full potential, but the story is well-written overall. Had the minor story flaws been fixed, this might have been my favorite film of all time. It’s still high on the list of my favorite movies, and it’s so good that I highly recommend it to anyone, not just fans of animated films.
Content Overview: There’s quite a bit of mild violence and intensity. The only notable concerns involve some briefly expressed problematic ideas, such as a pagan view of the earth.