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What is your favorite movie? Tell us why!
You know, I always had a vague recollection that I'd first seen Kiki's Delivery Service on TV, but I've never been able to figure out how that was possible. Maybe, like you, I actually saw it on the Disney Channel...probably when I was visiting my grandparents, who had cable TV (my family didn't)! Thanks for the clue! :)
Well, anyone who has talked to me about Miyazaki films before knows that Princess Mononoke is my #1 favorite movie of all time. Since I first found it in my library's film collection and rented it as a youngster, I have watched the movie upwards of 15 times.
The movie has such a depth and complexity to its storyline and characters: most of the characters, perhaps with the exception of Ashitaka and maybe Jiko, cannot be classified as black-or-white Good vs. Evil, because the movie is superb in its demonstration of the variety of motivations and driving forces behind each person's actions. Lady Eboshi may be selfish and greedy in her desire for power and determination to mine iron ore no matter the cost, but she is also selfless and loving to provide a safe harbor for socially outcast women and lepers; the boars defending the forest may be noble and brave to stand up for nature and the Shishigami no matter what, but they are also naive and, yes, pigheaded to send their whole tribe against an army of explosives and gunfire in a race to their inevitable doom. The Shishigami is the ultimate expression of this natural ambiguity: the Forest Spirit is the giver of both life and death, creating and killing flora with every step it takes, with the ability to either heal a fatal wound or instantly take any life.
Even Ashitaka struggles to "see with eyes unclouded by hate" in his efforts to side with neither the Forest nor Iron Town, while sympathizing with both, and the movie ultimately cautions that humans and nature must strike a respectful balance to survive. The movie is artfully animated, skillfully written and directed, and emotionally nuanced...and the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi is a masterpiece, to boot. How could I not love it? :)
I used to go to my neighbors house when I was younger, usually with the intention of playing outside. But somehow we always ended up watching Spirited Away, while I didn't like it at first, it's now one of my favorite movies of all time.
my favourite film is the cat returns, joint with kikis delivery service