Ghibli in cruise control - an archetypal blend of domestic normality, rites-of-passage pre-adolescence and the foreshadowing of magical realms. Whilst films like 'Porco Rosso' and 'Princess Mononoke' appeal to an older demographic, 'While Marnie Was There' consolidates the studio back to its family-friendly filmmaking roots.
(Vu en blu-ray) Le tout dernier film du studio Ghibli alors encore en activité. Ce film a quelques défauts (quelques baisses de rythme notamment; une héroïne principale un peu fade) mais aussi d'énormes qualités: 1/ c'est un film qui parvient (enfin!) à se détacher du modèle miyazakien 2/ la fin mélo-dramatique est terriblement touchante et efficace (sur moi en tout cas) 3/ les décors sont juste magnifiques!!!
This is my first Yonebayashi film and I have to admit that it was amazing! Although I have seen it dubbed in cinema, I do not regret a thing, I loved it. I cried, I was frightened and I lived together with Ana, even though I am a 22 year old white european man. What an astounding work from Studio Ghibli!
The best is a kind of ghostly Gothic-Romanesque which even recalls some of classic Hollywood films - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Rebecca, Portrait of Jennie, etc. etc. -, properly crossed with Freudian notes. The worst is a technically perfect animation but artistically disinvested of a bolder formal search, being more like a peaceful watercolor. It is a beautiful film that only occasionally reaches the unconscious.
"Every love story is a ghost story" said David Foster Wallace, and that's never been truer than here (well and maybe the film 'Ghost'). An oddly dark and melancholic look at alienation, depression, most definitely sexuality...Marnie doesn't always succeed at coalescing its mystical and emotional plots, but the sincerity is winning anyhow. Partially betrays its queer subplot, an affecting depiction of friendship.