Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface.
| Original Score: A
Combining exquisite animation, (slyly subverted) Boys' Own action, and (barely concealed) adult themes, Porco Rosso goes the whole hog, offering anti-war escapades that will appeal to all ages.
That a pretty great adventure movie can rest comfortably alongside a strange tale of identity and morality... is proof enough that we're in the hands of a master storyteller
| Original Score: 8/10
More action-packed and manga-style, but its predictable plot points (punch-ups and air-battles) are secondary to Miyazaki-esque scenes of women's work, the indifferent beauty of nature and war as nightmare.
It's a film Miyazaki made for himself, to indulge his passion for seaplanes, and this personal enthusiasm comes through clearly.
| Original Score: 4/4
Underrated and exciting.
He does things his way, and he makes no apologies for having a snout. In fact, he's kind of smug about it.
| Original Score: 4/5
Animator/fabulist Hayao Miyazaki pays homage to Hollywood's wartime adventure films in this masterwork built around the adventures of a high-flying pig.
The action sequences in Porco Rosso are reminiscent of Herge's Tintin comics.
It resembles in its best moments a fanciful version of Casablanca with a porcine Bogey in the lead.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Believe it or not, my latest favorite movie hero just happens to be a flying pig. I'm not kidding.
Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.
It's lean and vibrant.
Miyazaki proves adept at evoking nostalgia as he his conjuring up entirely new worlds.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since.
| Original Score: 3/5