Thursday, September 17, 2015

Movie Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

The Story: In the distant future, after war left most of the earth a toxic wasteland, a few kingdoms struggle to survive. Poisonous plants are spreading relentlessly into the few safe areas, and one kingdom begins conquering the others. Humanity seems destined for extinction, until a gentle princess sets out to bring peace between humanity and nature and also between kingdoms.

My Thoughts: Although the story isn’t as strong as in Hayao Miyazaki’s later masterpieces, Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa is still great and is still one of his best films. The animation is as dazzling as one would expect from Miyazaki, with the post-apocalyptic settings hauntingly depicted. And the protagonists, including Nausicaa’s realistic animal sidekick, are all quite likable.

Even the message of humans and nature finding harmony, which so many films have handled poorly, is well-presented. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind goes to the core issue of pursuing balance, giving a beautiful illustration of humanity and nature learning how to work together. It’s a must-see film for all fans of Hayao Miyazaki or animation.

Content Overview: One use of God’s name in vain. Pervasive but mild violence.

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