Posted on 7/12/10 01:05 AM
Out of the four Miyazaki films that I have seen (Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky), this one in my opinion was the lowest in forms of spectacular ability. However, take a look at the rating I gave it: an 80%. This goes to show that Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most ultimate directors in existence. Anyways, time to get on track again. NOTE: There are spoilers throughout this review!
Once again, Miyazaki has amazed me with eye-attracting animation, this time in a much much cuter way. If you were to ask Miyazaki to create a cuter movie, it may be impossible. Anyways, the main characters, Sōsuke and Ponyo, prove to be a charming duo (once Sōsuke finds Ponyo again). In the first 3rd of the movie, most of the time Sōsuke loses Ponyo and needs to find her again. You can't help but feel sorry for the little guy, who basically beats himself up for the loss. Luckily for him, she commands an array of giant wave-fish things, a highly interesting concept, to find him. However, upon transforming into a human, Ponyo's magic still exists and causes the moon to near earth, increasing the height in the ocean's water, which ultimately gets fixed.
Let's move on to the villain. Wait... nothing to be seen here, moving on. How about the closest character to being a villain, Fujimoto, Ponyo's father. Sheesh, even calling him the closest thing to a villain is pushing it, since he was trying to accomplish what was best for the world, to bring balance to the ocean. In my opinion, he was my favorite character. You know, this paragraph seems a little weird because in all honesty, Sōsuke could be classified as an unknowing villain, as he was the reason for possible destruction of the world, ruining the balance of everything just because of his attraction to Ponyo. Anyways, I don't want to create any controversies, so I believe it's time to move on.
I guess with good movies, there is always something about it that you didn't like. Perhaps one of the most disappointing factors of the movie is the last 5 seconds, where "true love" permanently transforms Ponyo into a human. This is so because of the lack of anything that happens, but instead just a jump to the credits. I know the movie was over and all, but perhaps Miyazaki could have closed it properly, even though I know there wasn't anything left to address, it still would have been nice.
All in all, Ponyo was a cute treat to witness, but didn't reach the wonders of the first 3 Miyazaki movies I have seen. The animation was fantastic, the ideas were pretty neat, and the story, though not as cool as the others in my opinion (the primary reason for a lower score), was still fun and highly enjoyable. All I can say now is: Good job, Miyazaki, for forever being able to create fantastic movies.