This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is a prime example of "fridge logic"--it had enough brilliance to make an enjoyable watch, but enough sloppiness that you're left wondering how it could have been made better.
Even though there are plenty of classic time travel tropes in this film, it's still a good, rowdy adventure with some excellent tension. A highlight of this film is the "found footage/handicam" cinematography technique, which the film uses to the fullest in tying the cinematography directly to the story,…
This film left me with mixed feelings for one big reason: The trailer made the movie sound like "Day After Tomorrow," but the actual film ended up being more like "Twister."
The trailer was very apocalyptic/doomsday in presentation, but the actual film was more about smalltown storm chasers than anything else. Yes, we worked up to a superstorm, but in a sense it didn't feel nearly as big as the trailer promised. It didn't necessarily make for an inferior film--there's…
I already knew this was my favorite Star Wars episode... even though I didn't get around to seeing it in its entirety until today. ;) I really like Anakin's storyline as a whole; he's the redeeming factor of the prequels... if not the entire series... and the end of Ep. III is the pinnacle. Great finale. Like all SW films, there it has the usual problems of slow pacing and corny dialog, but overall this one isn't too bad. The romance or immodesty isn't unbearable either. Fun stuff, if you like "emo dude" (as a family member calls Anakin).
If you don't think it's possible to fall in love with a river spirit, you haven't seen this movie.
I've liked all the Studio Ghibli films I've seen so far, but this one was particularly endearing. An excellent plot with a well-imagined spiritual fantasy world, excellent character development with growth and several surprising twists, and buckletloads of adorableness. A very sweet message with a touch of love. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes anime/Eastern film.