Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: James Van Der Beek, Lara Cody, Cloris Leachman
Chalk up yet another Miyazaki film that I’ve seen. It’s unfortunately that I’ve gotten all the great ones out of the way already and all that’s left are the films that are boring and pretty. I can’t think of a better way to describe Castle in the Sky other than “boring and pretty”. It just sums it up so well.
A young girl floats down to Earth thanks to a magical guitar pick she has on a necklace, which signifies the fact that she’s a princess of destiny and that she’s able to find and operate the mythical floating island of Laputia. She teams up with a young miner who’s father discovered the floating island, and they have to evade the army with the aid of an insane group of thieves led by a batty old lady. Also I think Mark Hamill wants to blow up the world with the island and it’s cool robots or something.
What a gorgeous film. seriously, the animation is breathtaking. The background work is equally stunning, which is good because you’re going to end up spending a long time checking out the scenery because there’s very little plot to speak of. It’s pretty generic anime fare, just with significantly more effort put into the animation.