Pretty much the perfect film to watch after Thanksgiving, as I did, surrounded by an initially dubious but eventually won-over and teary-eyed extended family, for whom, I think, the sudden replacement of a red turtle with a female human worked better than it did for me. While I wasn't unmoved by the parable of fragile, fleeting intimacy that developed, I had expected wilder wonders.
A very moving film that depicts life in a simple way. I particularly love the scene in which it portrays the idea of moving on in life. In addition, the grainy texture and muted colours of the animation beautifully enhance the mood of the film.
Just stunning!! A love note to nature with such a refreshingly adult attitude towards death and the cycle of life. The attention to detail around light and colour is phenomenal. I found the music a little mismatched in parts but on the whole I thought it all worked beautifully to create an emotional world that lingers. 4.5 stars Recommended
I confess I found this slightly disappointing, having set huge expectations. The animation is gorgeous, but having spent time building up its world, it ultimately drifts without purpose - perhaps there was an allegory that I missed?
Profound in its simplicity - its pared-down animation style & lack of dialogue... There's this sense of entering into something magical or wondrous or even almost sacred. Like we're being invited to have this *experience*, rather than to just consume a film. Which is great. Except that the *experience* wasn't actually that magical at all. It was more like some weird Fable of Normativity. With questionable messaging..
it is rare to find such raw moments in life in animation ,everyone is going toward perfection and balanced movies that we see over and over, the red turtle is amazing by it is rawness and discovery i was attached with the characters and the island from the very beginning, such a great film and great world he creates with the silents and screams and pains and peace, i hope it wins the oscar not only a nomination
A sensibility shared both with "Princess Mononoko" and the best stranded-in-a-island narratives. As usual with Studio Ghibli's productions, the visual narrative is quite awesome. There is an universality as much as a simplicity appeal that really moved me. And no, I will no say a word about the story: enjoy it unspoiled.