animator and film journalist
Hayao Miyazaki’s films often revolve around children and teenagers who are forced grow up faster than they should – Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke, Chihiro in Spirited Away –, and Ponyo is no expection.
The way the two protagonists, young boy Sōsuke and his fish-turned-human friend Ponyo, need to grow up however is not about destiny calling them, but about nurturing and parenting. Both kids come from disfunctional families, both with one parent overwhelmed by all the responsibilities of daily life and…
Yes, The Last Airbender is a dud.
M. Night Shyamalan‘s adaptation is obviously bad for so many different reasons, but mostly because it seems to think that it needs to fix things.
Sure, if you translate a 20-episode-cartoon series into a live-action-film, there‘s cuts and changes to be made. But they seem to have picked the worst possible storylines to keep and mashed them together into an incoherent, weird thing that lacks proper exposition.
I‘m all for adding new ideas to…