... movie reviews
sun 2005-jan-23 02:00:33 pst
Last night (Friday night), we watched Princess
Mononoke. I enjoyed it, though certainly not as much as I
enjoyed Spirited Away.
It's interesting that they have big-name American (and British) actors
doing the voices in the English-language version. But Billy Bob
Thornton I thought was a poor choice for Jigo. He somehow didn't seem
to fit. Maybe it's just that his voice is so distinctive, so mapping
it onto an animated character is weird. And the others it mostly
didn't seem to matter that they were famous, though I suppose it
probably helped to sell tickets when it was in theaters.
Anyway, I liked the way that the film successfully portrays several
characters (most notably Eboshi and San) who are basically out to kill
each other, all as fairly sympathetic characters. Ashitaka's "why
can't we all just get along" outlook is a little cheesy, but, well, it
kind of has to be, I suppose.
I also notice that Miyazaki has a thing about ooze...