Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) Reviews
Nausicaš is the true hero in this story that I found much too similiar to "Princess Mononoke". I like that film better, this one was a bit too long, repitative and rather complicated at times. I've heard that there's two versions here, one heavily cut and more child friendly - known as "Warriors of the Wind" I think, and I'm quite positive I've saw the full version, known as the best one.
I like some of the characters and the ohms. The name is actually partly stolen from the sandworms from "Dune" and that explains why I found those films so similiar in many ways. This is for me the "Dune" mixed with "Star Wars" version of Mononoke.
There's few things I dislike with this anti-war film, but I'm kind of left with a feeling that this is too similiar to other things and the mentioned lenght is also a little setback. Some great scenes and loads of vivid fantasy that really shines the last 20 minutes or so. I also dig the flying thingy and the ohms' eyes. Otherwise it's not Miyazaki at his best for me.
6 out of 10 gliders.
Unbelievable how in a desolate and toxic world, still Miyazaki manages to make it beautiful with all the ethereal bugs and beautiful colors. Wonderful animation. Fuck man, I wish I could fly like Nausicaa.
Very interesting to see how the survivors who now live on this desolate land, have managed to create tools and objects that help them out like reading the wind and collecting energy from the wind.
I absolutely love the music in this film and it's definitely no exception in his other movies. That guy Joe Hisaishi makes wonderful music reminds me a lot of my favorite video game composer, Jeremy Soule. The distinctive 80's sounds and synths are like honey to listen to.
Amazing how Nausicaa can coax them and charm the insects into going back to the forest without causing any trouble. Love how the military always has to make a show whenever they show themselves. Yeah I love that pitch, "We've come here to bring peace and unify the nations of the frontier", while you have practically fucking taken the villagers as prisoners and set up your army everywhere with turrets and all.
That scene with the Ohm's running in the darkness hit me real hard. It reminded me of The Matrix. Incredible to see how much destruction the Giant Warrior's can cause. Thank goodness they all ceased to exist, or else they'd destroy the world.
Overall, what a beautiful movie with an even more beautiful message. This movie reminds us that we can't fight hate with hate, you must learn to love above all and show compassion and sympathy, especially in the face of evil and rage itself. In the end, we must face the fact that we live in a world that has both good and evil, both beauty and filth. But it's the good that we try to do in this world that will make the world a better place, not being evil and showing love. Especially to things that aid us like nature and trees and plants that provide clean air for us and rivers and lakes as well as the animals that make sure everything is in order. Miyazaki, you inspired me again.
Trivia: This is the movie which could be credited with the creation of Studio Ghibli
That said, it's still a Miyazaki and its absolutely brilliant. Wonderful world building, great female lead, great message. A movie about empathy and respect, which was lovely and sad to watch in 2017.