Friday, February 17, 2006

Princess Mononoke (Revisited)

Ok the first time I reviewed this, I think I was unduely harsh on it. After watching the movie again, I decided to tweak the points awarded, and increase the grade. Originally I had awarded mononoke a 91.

Well I have been wanting to review this movie for about a week now. After just viewing it less than half an hour ago all that I have to say is wow. This is an amazing work of art, and I highly recommend it to any movie fan. With the intro over lets get on with the show.

Visual quality-20 points. This is a movie by Studio Ghibli, with a very high production value, if anything this should recieve more than 20 points. Everything from the epic battle scenes to the visuals of the forest gods, looks amazing. This is definetly one of the better animated movies produced by studio Ghibli.

Plot-39 points This movie is pretty good for an anime movie. Usually anime movies will not make any sense *cough* Akira *cough*, or they are so stupid that they bore you to death. The pacing in this movie is excellent, with a well balanced series of revelations and twists, there is almost no downtime in this movie. The only fault I had was that the beggining was a little slow, but the rest of the movie more than makes up for it

Characters-24 points If there is a flaw in this movie it would be with the characters. You don't really know anything about them. Sure you have an idea of them, but no past is revealed at all. The movie could have devoted a few scenes to background info. However, the movie is saved by some good lines, and interesting interactions, one of my favorite parts of this movie is that thereis no clear cut bad guy, everyone has somewhat noble intentions.

Music-10 points. the music in this movie is extraordinary. Once again since this is a feature length production, with a feature sized budget, the music is of a great quality. This soundtrack is fully orchestrated, and is appropriate for every situation it is used in.
So lets add up the scores, and see what I have given this amazing movie.

Visual quality-20 points, Plot-39 points, Characters-24 points, and Music-10 points.

Overall score- 93


At February 20, 2006 11:29 PM, Blogger ~greg said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I think you should give more points for plot. The story is really well told and avoids the hyperbole and partisanship that other film like it have, even some of Miyazaki's other films. The visuals are awesome. I also appreciate how accessible it is to a more general audience since it is dubbed by English speaking actors. It is the only anime some of my friends are willing to watch, a shame but "different strokes, for different folks." Keep up the good work.

At February 21, 2006 6:27 AM, Blogger Kent Rogers said...

Anime sucks. It's all exactly the same, get the crystals and kill the bad guys, or something to that that effect. It is probably the worst thing to come out of Japan, worse than Sony Playstation.

At February 21, 2006 7:26 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

How ironic that you would make those comments in a post about Princess Mononoke.

"It's all exactly the same, get the crystals and kill the bad guys"

The whole point of princess mononoke was that it had an absence of bad guys, both sides had redeeming values. Last time I checked there was no searching for crystals in it.
Those two things you point out are cliches in anime. Just because a very noticeable anime has a plot where people have to find crystals doesn't mean that every anime follows that rule.

At March 14, 2006 7:23 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

Hey Greg I think that I might add some extra points to the plot

At September 13, 2008 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lov this film but the only reson i found this place was cus i was lookin for pricess mononoke pics for ma msn id pic lol XD but i lov this film the drawings are fab and i do love the music i also think you are right about that they are very vague about the charaters back rounds i mean i was wounding who is princess mononoke's familey is or how did the king kill most of ashetaka's people. i aloso thought that the music was very good i liked the music at the very bigginging when that weird mans voice was talkings about the intoduction.i have also seen more than one version of this film u may have noticed if u see this film on tv its a bit different as some secens are left out ( they are some of ma fav as there the bloody bits >:))lol but if u purches the DVD which is a 12 they are still in if they dont want younger people watching why dont they put it on l8er XD but i would have given them at least 100 lol
--X--thxs for reading ^^from rhia

At February 28, 2009 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf r u on about? I think this film is absulutely F***** BRILLIANT! It's good becuase their are no bad guyz, and u LEARN about the characters as the film progresses. I agree some animie is complete rubbish but nothing from studio ghibli is, it's all REALLY good. After watching it a few times, I think I know the characters pretty well, thanyou very much!

At February 28, 2009 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kent rogers, if u dont mind me asking, have you actually SEEN andy of the studio ghibli films? from ur comment i'm guessing NO! watch them and then see if you actually mean it! (anime doesn't suck)

At July 30, 2009 1:33 AM, Anonymous Alana said...

I believe this movie is brilliant! This is my favourite movie from Hayao Miyasaki I prefer Princess Mononoke than his oscar-winning Spirited Away, because of the plot and because in Princess Mononoke there is a critique to the development of mankind and it's venomous toll on nature.

At January 21, 2010 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kent Rogers you dumb animal haha, there are a lot of great animes out there that even hollywood tries to copy okay? for example the movie ghost in the shell is the inspiration of the Wachowsky brother's film the matrix. I say you are the dumbest of them all for saying anime sucks. LOL

At February 28, 2010 2:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I hear the comic the Invisibles inspired the matrix.


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