Miramax Films | Release Date: October 29, 1999
8.9
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Universal acclaim based on 393 Ratings
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AsgarSJan 25, 2010
Maybe I was spoiled by the hype around the movie, but I failed to enjoy it and I still think it's not one of Miyazaki's best works. The best thing about the film is the fantastic music by Joe Hisaishi - 10 out of 10 for the score. Maybe I was spoiled by the hype around the movie, but I failed to enjoy it and I still think it's not one of Miyazaki's best works. The best thing about the film is the fantastic music by Joe Hisaishi - 10 out of 10 for the score. The animation is beautiful as well, but not outstanding when compared to other works. The violence depicted (cutting of arms and the like) does not seem to serve any purpose but means that it's not suitable for children, which is sad, because they might enjoy it more. The story and the characters are bland. The storytelling is careless at best. Many plot lines are dropped and never readopted. One example of this is the hero's love interest who gives him a pendant as he is forced to leave. She is never mentioned again. Character's motives aren't explored and seldom a character reflects on his deeds. I often read that it's great that the film does not try to answer the question of which characters are good or evil, but this aggravates the problem. It's also the explanation why many of the character's decision seem so indiscriminate. The film's pacing doesn't help here, as it is so slow to leave much time for thinking about all the gaps in the story. In conclusion: A beautiful picture with promising topic and setting which is ruined by sub-par story-telling and characters. Expand
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SimonD.Jun 26, 2003
I found this supposed classic to be rather overrated. The visuals, while pretty, worked better to me on a TV than on a movie screen. The story was baroque but not woth the effort to decipher. And the question remains at to whether the dubbed I found this supposed classic to be rather overrated. The visuals, while pretty, worked better to me on a TV than on a movie screen. The story was baroque but not woth the effort to decipher. And the question remains at to whether the dubbed version didn't work because Neil Gaiman was the wrong man to write the script or because the voice actors were cast wrong. But either way, this is not what everyone says it is. If you are new to anime, you might find it fresh, but I found it inferior to a good deal of made for TV work. Expand
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Komond_DeckardJul 13, 2011
Slow, repetitive, longer than needed, and I didn't find any story aspect that could make me forget its awful rhythm. Artistically, meaning draw and music specially, it's great, but for me it's just an empty movie. Beautiful, but withoutSlow, repetitive, longer than needed, and I didn't find any story aspect that could make me forget its awful rhythm. Artistically, meaning draw and music specially, it's great, but for me it's just an empty movie. Beautiful, but without anything to tell. Yeah, ok, it has that ecological and respect between cultures topic on it, but it has been done thousands of times before and after this movie with better results. I may give it a second chance, but I don't think it was just a bad day. Expand
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TokyochuchuJun 15, 2014
Princess Mononoke is one of Miyazaki's most violent movies. The film's great animation and easy messaging work in it's favor, but dull pacing ultimately makes Princess Mononoke harder to enjoy than some of Gibili's other works.
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