Written August 30, 2014
Beautifully drawn. Narrative jumps around a little too much and I'd like to see the principal character age a bit over the 20 years to so the film covers. I'd also like to NOT see some much cigarette smoking, even though it's very prevalent in Japan. Totally agreed with the political statements about wonderful inventions being converted to military purposes.
Written September 19, 2014
My 12-year old son and I went to see this Ghibli Studios production, and I was amazed by the visuals on every level. The coloring is spectacular, the storyline engaging, and the emotion very real. It is a great movie with good lessons and spectacular imagery.
Written September 23, 2014
Great movie, the animation is amazing, and unusual for Miyazaki because the characters are historical figures, not beings of an imaginary world.
I really wish this was not supposed to be his last film. 5 stars.
Written September 24, 2014
this really is his master piece, he poured everything in him to make this film and it shows. the animation is breath taking, the vistas are breath taking, the art is breath taking, and the story is simple but very well written and will keep you invested all through the two- two and a half hour run time. this is Miyazaki at the top of his craft, and it would be a disservice for any Miyazaki fan and fans of films in general to never see this movie.
Written March 02, 2014
I went into this for little reason other than it was a Miyazaki movie, having looked up very little beforehand. It was an amazing movie that dealt with a very interesting period of history. As usual for Miyazaki, the colors and animation were gorgeous and the characters fascinating. If Miyazaki's retirement actually sticks this time, this will have been a great note to end on for him.