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Enormously creepy Aussie horror that largely manages to avoid typical boo scares. A mother is widowed on her way to the hospital to give birth. Six years later her son is an uncontrollable nightmare. Reading him a bedtime story from an unusual pop-up book, the pair incur the wrath of the freaky Babadook.
The first half-hour or so is spent getting to know (and in the later case wanting to kill) the mother and her awful child. Thus director Jennifer…
It seems strange to describe Hayao Miyazaki as the mainstream one of Studio Ghibli's leading lights, what with his tales of strange spirits, a goldfish who becomes a girl and a flying ace who's also a pig. But his co-founder Isao Takahata definitely has a more quirky edge to his work, be it My Neighbors the Yamadas, Pom Poko or my vote for the saddest film ever made, Grave of the Fireflies.
His latest, based on the folkloric tale of…
Visually spectacular, but oddly unengaging. At times brilliant, at times painfully hamfisted, with a dying Earth premise that never quite rings true. The cast are great and the concepts weighty and fascinating, but too often it feels like parts were rushed to get to the bits Nolan was interested in (a bit bizarre in a 3-hour film). The 2001 references are likewise rather too on the nose. Admirable for it's scope and ambition, but lacking Nolan's normal skill in execution.