Watching this film 20 years after it first hit the cinemas, I get the sense that a lot of its original qualities have faded somewhat. To me, the story has never been all that. I find it is simply too thinly veiled and too stretched out to be engrossing. On top of that, what once were stunning feats of animation are now slightly outdated. I was however, very impressed by its soundscape.
4.5 stars. One of the purest, most rhapsodical expressions of the monomyth or hero's journey. Watching recent Disney films like 'Moana' I realised what a deeply positive impact 'Mononoke' has had upon their Western distributor. Also contains plain gorgeous painterly backgrounds that should rekindle even the most jaded urban dweller's love of nature. A true epic told with grace, compassion and humour.
I enjoy the central meaning of the film and that the movie has such a big love for the conservation of nature. This movie is one of the more bloody of the Miyazaki movies that I've seen but I really enjoyed that humans are so evil but they are the only ones who can restore nature back to its fullest potential for both animals and mankind.
Within a few passing lines of dialogue and a beautifully animated gesture, each character, even a seemingly trivial one, is given a past and a goal: a fully realized agenda. I am floored every time by how effortlessly the film weaves so many character intricacies into such a morally ambiguous and -truthfully - epic experience. This is my film sal volatile: a violent but welcome reassurance of film's power.