100 Word Review – Princess Mononoke (1997)

I love this film. It’s another classic eco-warrior princess fairytale from the marvellous Studio Ghibli.

While trying to save his home town from a rampaging bear god, Ashitaka is cursed. Forced to venture into the forest, he becomes caught between two warring forces: the humans and the spirits of the forest, lead by Princess Mononoke.

This fairytale is Grimm in every sense, and as such is not Ghibli’s most family friendly feature. The animation is beautiful and truly transportative, with Hayao Miyazaki the driving force behind it.

If that wasn’t enough, it currently sits number 71 of the top 250 on IMDb.


100 Word Review – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

From the makers of Howl’s Moving Castle, comes a fantastic piece of Japanese animation.

Following the eco-theme familiar to Studio Ghibli narratives, this film is about Nausicaä, a pacifist princess, who turns warrior in an attempt to save her planet.

It has Sci Fi for genre fans, including some wonderful creatures not dissimilar to Pokemon, and some epic battles and alien international politics.

As with all Miyazaki’s work, this is beautiful as well as being emotionally meaningful. It sits comfortably within the top 250 films on IMDb. Don’t let the fact you haven’t heard of it stop you from watching it.