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"What lets Miyazaki's film down is both the story, adapted by his father [Hayao Miyazaki] in collaboration with Keiko Niwa, and his struggle to elevate it beyond the ordinary... as is sometimes the case with Ghibli adaptations of existing works, the spark that can routinely be seen in their original stories is notably absent". Read my full review of From Up On Poppy Hill at Film Intel
"The script is consistently razor sharp and littered with wry humour, paranoid politicising and fevered emotion, making The Lion In Winter feel like a feature-length episode of House Of Cards set in 12th Century Europe. The rapid scheming and counterscheming between husband and wife, parent and progeny, brother and brother can at times be a struggle to keep up with; but tracking every single machination is always of secondary importance to taking in the brilliantly realised relationships between the players". Read my full review of The Lion In Winter at Film Intel