Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ★★★★

Solid and positively delightful film by Hayao Miyazaki. Although Miyazaki’s storytelling magic is not in full force here, the meaningful and timely story has depth and develops in a way that is consistently interesting. The protagonist’s personality, resourcefulness, strength, and independence make her an engaging and sympathetic character; the other characters are well drawn and nuanced. The insects, plants, and trees that inhabit the Sea of Decay/Toxic Jungle are characterized by admirable imagination and creativity. As expected, the animation is very beautiful.