Anton Yelchin Weekend – From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

fromDirector: Goro Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa (Screenplay) Chizuru Takahashi, Tetsuro Sayama (Comic)

Starring: (American Voice Talents) Anton Yelchin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Sarah Bolger, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard

 

Plot: A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Average Ghibli Story

 

Story: From Up on Poppy Hill starts as we meet Umi who lives on the Poppy Hills that overlook the bay in Tokyo as they have just been award the Olympics of 1964. Umi even as a school girl age runs the house with her parents away as we see how the locals are starting to campaign to save their town from change.

In the town where Umi is raised she learns of a Shun is her brother which changes all the romantic feelings she has been having as the campaign to stop change within their town continues.

From Up on Poppy Hill is a simple Ghibli film that does tell the important story of community within the small neighbourhood. There isn’t too much to make this film stand out above the more fantasy based projects which does disappoint. The film looks as fantastic as you would expect from any of the film from the studio but it does lack that punch that makes it one of the best.

 

Overall: Easy watch for the great study.

Rating60

 

 

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents English) Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Richard Dysart, Jim Cummings, Michael McShane, Mandy Patinkin, Andy Dick, Corey Burton

 

Plot: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Animated Adventure

 

Story: Laputa: Castle in the Sky starts when we see an aerial attack on a future flying craft from Dola and her men. They are after Sheeta and her crystal but she escapes the attack by jumping and guided to safety by her crystal. Sheeta lands literally in the arms of Pazu a young boy who helps on a mining job. Pazu dreams of being able to find the legendary Laputa a floating castle that his father once saw on a trip before spending his life searching for the castle a second time.

Sheeta has to team up with Pazu as they try to escape from pirates and military who both want to get their hands on Sheeta. Sheeta and Pazu get captured by the military side of the people after her and with Muska leading the search for Laputa. Pazu joins force with Dola and her pirates to save Sheeta as everyone involved wants to find the secrets of Laputa.sheeta nd pazu

Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a good action adventure story that could easily be put in the same league as many of the most popular live action ones. It has the traditional multi sided story that follows a range of characters with different motivations to want to find the island in the sky. We have some just after adventure, some after treasure while we have another group who believe they have a connection to the island. Mixing all this together gives you everything you need for a solid and enjoyable action adventure film. (8/10)

 

Character Review

 

Sheeta: Sheeta is a young girl who is from Laputa who both Muska and Dola are after, she befriends Pazu and will learn the truth about her past. Sheeta is very traditional princess like character who is always willing to sacrifice to save people from suffering. (8/10)

 

Pazu: Pazu is a young orphaned boy who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and find the legendary floating castle Laputa. He saves Sheeta and with this his adventure can begin once and for all. Pazu is like most young men who want an adventure and this works well for the character because it makes us care for his journey for answers about what happened to his father. (8/10)

 

Dola: Dola is the leader of the pirates who wants the crystal and will do anything to make sure she gets the crystal. Dola does start off looking like a villain but in actually fact she turns into almost like the original jack Sparrow. (8/10)

 

Muska: Muska is the agent working for the military to find Laputa but his methods will include a large body count to get his answers. Muska does make for a good villainous character very calm and calculated throughout. (8/10)

 

Support Characters: Laputa: Castle in the Sky has a support character list that is mainly used for extra comedy and extra parts of the story.

 

Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – Hayao does what he has always done, given us a good animated film that can still be talked about nearly 30 years later. (9/10)

 

Action: Laputa: Castle in the Sky is filled with action that ranges over nearly every type you would expect to see in an action adventure film. (9/10)

Adventure: Laputa: Castle in the Sky uses the idea of a mystery that is surrounding a legend to drive the adventure side of the story. (9/10)

Animation: Laputa: Castle in the Sky is what you expect from Studio Ghibili great animation. (9/10)

Family: Laputa: Castle in the Sky is one for the whole family to enjoy as they see how the story unfolds. (9/10)

Romance: Laputa: Castle in the Sky has a romance angle which you would find in most action adventure but isn’t the most important part. (4/10)

Settings: Laputa: Castle in the Sky creates beautiful settings for all of the action to take place in. (9/10)

Suggestion: Laputa: Castle in the Sky is one for all the action adventure fans to enjoy, I think most people will enjoy how this one unfolds. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The story mixes basic love of exploring with legend.

Worst Part: Not one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Everything on the island.

Funniest Scene: The crew all take a shine to Sheeta.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Indiana Jones

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

 

Overall: Laputa is one of the best action adventure films you never heard of, so go back and watch it.

Rating 83

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay)

 

Plot: Two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

 

Verdict: Good For Young Audience

 

Story: I have only heard good things about this one but of all the Ghibili films I have seen I found this the most boring. It has some pretty fantasy elements and does deal with a serious real life issue through a child’s eyes. My biggest dislikes about this film is that is starts very slow and both children are just very loud and annoying. If you were to show this to the children they would enjoy it has it plays into everything they would enjoy. (7/10)

 

Character Review

 

Satsuki: The older sister who looks after Mei while dealing with a very real downside that their mother could be dying leaving him. She is very loud and easily over excitable. (7/10)

 

Mei Kusakabe: The younger of the two sisters who makes the first contact with the Totoro’s. Much like her sister she is very loud but also not sure what is happening with the situation with their mother. (7/10)

mei

Totoro: Giant creature who lives in the forest who visits the residents when he choices. What looks like a creature that could scary is actually just a giant friendly teddy bear creature. (7/10)

 totoro

Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – Good direction to creature a good family film for kids. (7/10)

 

Animation: As always this is top animation work. (9/10)

Family: One for the young audience members to enjoy with their family. (7/10)

Fantasy: The Totoro’s are great creation to be created in the fantasy side of the world. (8/10)

Settings: Good settings used to create the authentic small town. (/10)

Suggestion: Show this to your kids they will enjoy it, but not really for the adult audience. (Show the Kids)

 

Best Part: The Cat Bus

Worst Part: Slow Starting

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

Overall: Basic Kids Film

Rating 70

Top 5 Favourite Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli have made some of the best animated films in film history today I am going to look at my favourite five films from the company. This will be a versus post against my friend  Emma’s top five favourite.

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5. Ponyo (2008)e 5

An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human.

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)d 2

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

3. Porco Rosso (1992)d 3

The adventures of “Porco Rosso”, a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

2. Spirited Away (2001)d 4

n the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

1. The Cat Returns (2002)e 1

After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

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5. Princess Mononoke (1997)d 5

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

4. Spirited Away (2001)d 4

In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

3. Porco Rosso (1992)d 3

The adventures of “Porco Rosso”, a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

2. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)d 2

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)d 1

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.