From Up On Poppy Hill Reviews
"From Up on Poppy Hill" may not be one of the best animated movies Studio Ghibli has ever released.(It is so melodramatic in spots that a character actually comments on it.) But then considering how sweet and sentimental it is, it really does not have to be. Of all the lavish details, I am most fond of the clubhouse which is spectacularly rendered. Through that symbol, the movie explores not only Japan's connection to its past but also its future. All of which is done at a nicely personal level.
Both Goro and Hayao are masters of their trade, and they can only get better.
At first thought it would be predictable when watching the trailer, but one direction has made a detour to the story. Another ordinary masterpiece from Ghibli (Japanese version of Walt Disney Animation) with the same usage of a good heart and beauty on their animation and storytelling, with an addition of few surprises if thought to be predictable or not. Also, the film's soundtrack is one of the year's and Ghibli's best. (A-)
(Full review coming soon)