I find it incredibly hard to rate this one since the novel it is based on is my favourite book ever and it reminds me so much of my childhood. I don't think, it does justice to the book and rewatching it in 2016 it's really nothing special but at least as a child I used to enjoy it a lot.
This film has a very cool design work, but the story is a bit rewinded. As a fantastic saga, I really dig some characters - but it loses me in its second half. At the end, the type of cinema I will screen to my children (if I ever have one or two of them), but won't watch again alone. That being said, I wish there were more films with these fantasia folks, they trully are something.
What a nihilistic piece of misery! It's a beautiful film, product-wise, but this depressing metaphor for grief is a downer. From the ham-fisted breakfast, the film doesn't shy from discussing the idea of moving on from death. Your heart may break w/ Artax & excited in the last 5 minutes, but when this self-serious film climaxes w/ "Moonchild!," it's hard not to hang your head in shame. Watch Song of the Sea instead!