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A ton of fun and action. I was skeptical but it over-delivered on my expectations. This is one of the best animated DC movies I've seen. Both Batman and the TMNT are given the right amount of spotlight - if anything the villains were the one annoying part of the movie (almost a side act), I just wanted to see more of the titular characters!
So good. I initially thought that this was a civil rights era film and was floored when I found out how recent this was! Good message of persistence in the face of seeming impossibility and giving your heart to those around you regardless of the pain.
This was not what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. A trippy psychological mystery that was enjoyable through VidAngel.
I'm not sure how people are seeing this as the best thing since Empire Strikes back. While it was a good story and almost everything Star Wars about it, it lacked a great villain and a palpable struggle between light and dark that made episodes 4-7 so great. Even the protagonists weren't as developed as I would have liked. For example, Donnie Yen's character was interesting but we really don't know much about him and it would have been cool to have more of a backstory on him and any other number of characters. As far as being for kids, while not as dark as some of the episodes, there is a lot of violence (war violence and other), I may wait before introducing it to my kids.
I remembered hearing the name of this movie quite a bit around Oscar season and had a small desire to see what it was all about. However, I've never really watched any anime films and the premise to this one didn't sound terribly intriguing: a fish wants to become human (pretty much based on H.C. Andersen's Little Mermaid). Our kids enjoyed the movie and I almost did. The musical score for the film was excellent and the story did turn out to be interesting enough, but it didn't really conclude anything. We were left with more questions than answers. (Voices by Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Betty White, Frankie Jonas, Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus)
Orson Scott Card gives examples of some of these unanswered questions:
What did the ocean's attack on the shore accomplish? How did a little boy's promise resolve the conflict between humans and the life of the sea? Who are the little fish-girl's parents and what are they trying to accomplish? What are the rules of the magic in this imagined universe?
Sosuke is able to love Ponyo whether she remains human or is turned back into a fish. Sosuke's family relationship also provides us with some important insights. Their life is not very easy without a father at home; Lisa, Sosuke's mother, needs her husband's help and support with taking care of the house and Sosuke; and Sosuke needs a father around to give him a role model to look up to while he's growing up. The scene with them communicating via light signals was a particularly touching one, very realistic.