Phew thank god I'm grateful for the life I have and would never be tempted into a seemingly perfect alternate reality! (me as a kid trying to convince myself not to be scared by this movie)
How do you live when someone close to you dies? How do you live when the world is so wicked? How do you live when you feel that you have transgressed, that you, too, are already cursed?
In Miyazaki's previous film, he told us -- by way of quoting Paul Valéry -- that we must try to live. But, as suggested by the melancholy that such a statement was dripping with from the start, he knows as well as anybody…
Solid, fairly grisly horror fare. Somewhat self-contained but very much an obligatory trilogy-starter, it won't offer all that much closure on its own, and it's almost to the point where it seems silly to talk about it as if it's its own film. It goes through all the beats of a basic slasher, just with some interesting lore thrown in that points to the next entries being very promising. I'm not sure how I feel about the film's cast as…