March 4, 2014
Not really a kid's feature, but MANDATORY for Miyazaki fans!
I've raised my daughter on Miyazaki films, so when the chance came to take her (and a friend) to what is rumored to be his last film, I jumped right in there. Here you won't find much in the way of Studio Ghibli's usual magic and fairy critters, but truly, you won't miss them - the imagination of Jiro Horikoshi offers a good deal of the magic in this storyline as he grows, lives and loves in one of the most turbulent periods of Japanese history. I was worried that much of the storyline may have been above the girl's heads, but they fell for this movie HARD and enjoyed discussing it afterward.
Fair warning - this is a 2 hour movie, and some kids probably won't absorb its loftier message as easily as with previous Ghibli titles. But for those who have a love of Miyazaki animations, the sublime storyline and graphics demand to be seen on a theater screen to be fully appreciated.
(On an added note, I wonder how he got so much cigarette smoking past Disney? LOL)
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