In a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared, and humanity is giving way to chaos. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a master wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery in the land of Earthsea.
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Goro Miyazaki's debut feature may lack the regular poignancy and emotion of the Studio Ghibli house but stands as a visually interesting film full of well realized characters even if the scripting is weak at times.
Not in any way horrendous. The father/son themes are fascinating given Goro Miyazaki's involvement. I haven't read the books, but this movie created a world all its own--one that I wanted to know more about. The ending is pretty shitty, though.
This is will (a small) part of the history of cinema, I'm sure. Not because of its greatness. For the sad story of what could have been. Ursula K. Le Guin deserves the best directors in the world fighting to film her novels. And she did have one. Miyazaki. She refused, unfamiliar to anime. And then, when she saw his movies, she said yes. But time passed. And Gorö, not Hayao, did this unspeakable act of destruction.