Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings
Sep 9, 2010A good start for the son of Hayao, the film is nicely drawn and it's certainly entertaining enough. The problem lays with the story, itA good start for the son of Hayao, the film is nicely drawn and it's certainly entertaining enough. The problem lays with the story, it doesn't make sense. It tends to go off subject and becomes a dull, 'seen it before' fantasy based upon dragons. I did love the song that was written for the film, the song "Teru No Uta" is beautifully made and sang. Overall, it's not everyone 's cup of tea and it's wasn't my favourite Studio Ghibli film.… Full Review »
Jun 12, 2014Wow - definitely not in the same league as his father. It's a little sad that Ursula Guin gave permission thinking H Miyazaki would directWow - definitely not in the same league as his father. It's a little sad that Ursula Guin gave permission thinking H Miyazaki would direct and then it was handed to his son. Really pretty disloyal to the books - Better if you had never read them as the movie essentially contains the names of the same characters but the details and characteristics are all changed as if G Miyazaki never read the books to prepare.
Even if you throw out the connection to U Guin's amazing series the movie is still boring and reorts to cheap violence. Probably not very good for young kids unlike all the other really great Ghibli releases...
Pass this turd up!… Full Review »
Aug 7, 2015This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The only thing preventing Tales from Earthsea from being my least favourite Ghibli film is Teru's song. It's a perfect piece of tranquility and a welcomed escape from the rest of the movie which is overly confusing and yet basic at the same time. Arren ties with Jiro from The Wind Rises as being my least favourite Ghibli character and the visuals are sub par for a Ghibli film. Thankfully Goro Miyazaki made up for his poor performance with From Up on Poppy Hill.… Full Review »