Reviewer: The Rebecca Review.com
Master filmmaker Miyazaki has created one of the most
beautiful animated movies Iíve ever seen. Frankly, Iím
beyond impressed. Anime seems to have a much more realistic feel
and the themes are very adult in nature. With intellectual
themes, magical creatures and mature relationship issues, this
is one captivating movie.
Even though the film doesnít make judgments about good or
evil, it does make a statement that pervades the entire story.
The message is ecological in nature and asks many questions
about the role of humans and animals on the planet. The
characters have to deal with loyalty, fate and death. The
characters are really not trying to save the planet, they are
dealing more with survival issues.
Princess Mononoke was raised by wolves on a mountain. She
wears a fur type coat with ears attached. Very cute. The
mountain is ruled by the forest spirit who never speaks, but has
the power to give or take life. The tiny forest spirits that
rattle their heads are adorable. They are like little ghosts.
The forest spirit changes shape at night and when he walks
through the forest as a ďdeer god,Ē flowers grow around his
The forest is so beautiful it is not difficult to see why the
animals want to preserve the pristine location. The animals all
talk and are larger than most animals. In fact, they are
actually gods defending their mountains. There is quite a bit of
violence so this is not really an animated movie for children.
They might be a bit frightened by the boar crawling with demon
worms or the huge explosion that kills the boars.
Ashitaka takes up the role of warrior and kills a demon-boar
monster threatening his village. In killing this angry beast, he
is cursed and retains a marking on his skin from the battle.
When he arrives in the forest, he finds himself torn between
helping the animals and helping the humans.
ďAshitaka: Look, everyone! This is what hatred looks like!
This is what it does when it catches hold of you! It's eating me
alive, and very soon now it will kill me! Fear and anger only
make it grow faster!Ē
I think it is honor that drives him to help the women of
Irontown. I donít think he really is fighting on the side of
Lady Eboshi. At least we donít want him to because she is
after all trying to kill the forest spirit. I think Ashitaka is
trying to take both sides or is at least trying to promote
peace. He sees that humans need to work to make a living and
that might include chopping down a few trees. The wolf tells him
that when the trees are chopped down they cry. I donít like
chopping down trees, but I donít think they cry. ;) That was
when the movie went off into a more mythological interpretation.
While Princess Mononoke takes the side of the wild boar
tribe, Ashitaka takes the side of the outcasts working in an
A much more realistic feel than most Disney animations. This
also has a much deeper emotional appeal for adults.
I could have watched the dragonflies and butterflies in
this movie for a much longer period of time. The delicate mist
floating over the lush hillsides was amazing in itself. The
beauty of the forest spirit was just amazing and really you just
have to see this movie to believe how beautiful animation can
be. The scenes of the Night walker are just astounding from an