Castle in the Sky
The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world.
February's Animation Marathon (#5)
Wow...where do I begin...
About 15 minutes in I told myself "Yep, this is going to be great"
By the 30 minute mark, I fell in love with the protagonists and realized that Pazu is one of the greatest movie characters of all time.
40 minutes in, I said out loud to myself "I can feel it...this is going to be my favorite Miyazaki film..."
Then 10 more minutes rolled by and I shouted the same statement, and would do so, over and over throughout. I couldn't help it and by the time the film had ended and the credits began to roll, one last time I proclaimed "Yes! Yes! This is my favorite Miyazaki film!"…
I specifically held off from watching Laputa until the first day of the new year, 2013, despite owning the Blu-Ray for about a week now. I wanted to start the new year with the last Miyazaki I had yet to watch, that is until his new movie is released later this year, and it is a decision I am very glad to have made. Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a magical experience, as encapsulating and awe-inspiring as any of his other work, but most importantly a unique addition into Miyazaki's legendary filmography.
The thing Studio Ghibli is most known for is the creation of huge, detailed worlds, often referred to as breathing or living. Castle in the Sky is…
The action adventure genre feels pretty tiresome nowadays. The ancient artifacts, the traps, the setpieces, and even the romance are all parts of a rather large checklist that filmmakers seemingly cross off as if they were following some sort of predefined recipe set forth by prior cinematic adventures featuring fedora-touting protagonists. The adventure film has become formulaic and, as such, has lost the very important sensation that made the genre so endearing in the first place: discovery.
On paper, Castle in the Sky seemingly falls underneath this category, hitting every note that it ought to hit. However, it has one thing that it's tiresome peers lack: Castle in the Sky BELIEVES in the message that it wishes to convey. As…
I could not be less knowledgeable of 80s anime, but this is enchanting stuff; fantastical world building for a child's always-expanding imagination. Sure to inspire future generations who hopefully will tolerate the old fashioned style enough to get wrapped up in the fantasy of it.
One of Miyazaki's most underrated films. While definitely aimed at a younger audience, Castle in the Sky still manages to be one of my favorite animated films of all time. The story is magical and the environments and culture are just beautiful. The mediocre English dub is more than made up for by the expanded score, which really brings home the message and feel of the movie. The end of Castle in the Sky is one of my favorite endings in any movie, period. Watch it!
Beautiful & Heartwarming ! All attributed to the amazing animation and music.
What amazes me more is that all the Studio Ghibli movies I have watched till now has a moral deep inside. This is something the modern movies lack.
There is something about all old style anime that makes me feel at home. Castle in the Sky is one of those movies I've seen a million times but still love as much as the first time I saw it as a kid. I even love the shitty english dub.
a strange and compelling masterpiece
particularly like this adventure film structure. charming and magical.
A beautifully naturalistic film about the richness of our planet.
Didn't realize the screening would be of the English-dubbed print or I wouldn't have bothered, so it's not the movie's fault that the beefed-up Joe Hisashi score is very over-busy, obvious and generally fit only for a Disney family movie. (James Van Der Beek's scratchy-voiced contributions did entertain me, fwiw.) Early Miyazaki, and it doesn't feel as deceptively effortless as he does at his best: what would be a perfectly serviceable three acts for most people is just the first act of a film that goes on and on, "raising the stakes" to progressively lesser effect. Matters not at all helped by my waiting for this turn into an environmentally-minded lesson, and sure enough.
Another Ghibli film I have to say that they all look phenomenal, especially if you like the style. I have to say the stories do not grip me and they are easy to ignore, I feel I do want to like them but do not feel inclined. They are good enough that I will watch them again and hopefully be in the right mood for these.
Me ha gustado mucho esta pelicula. Larga como ella sóla, cansa un poco la primera hora pero es totalmente amor. Se repiten lo que parece las consignas del estudio Ghibli sobre muerte de una madre ( o padre), busqueda de algo preciado que sorprende e incluso las guerras (tan populares en algunas de sus peliculas).
Y, aunque es secundario si consideramos el amor a la naturaleza lo primordial, la historia de amor es sencillamente preciosa.
Also, ¿Alguien más piensa que la abuela pirata es Sheeta del futuro/realidad alternativa? xdd
Y que te corten el pelo a balazos, lo ULTIMATE.
While I’m still yet to watch quite a few of his films, I continually get the impression that Hayao Miyazaki always has a real sense of the identity and message of the movies he’s behind. I’m going to be moving through the remaining Studio Ghibli films that I’m yet to see chronologically from here on out, so I’ve started with Castle in the Sky and it’s staggering to see just how high the level of quality is this early on.
This is a film with a very clear voice and purposeful ideas that it confidently conveys. Its central characters, Pazu and Sheeta, are brought to life completely and are people that are just fun to watch and spend time with.…