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The story of the two fighting dragons and the ensuing imbalance of the world when one is slain is quite dark and may be frightening for very young children. Watch it with them if concerned. If you're a fan of the book be prepared to watch this with an open mind. Anybody expecting a close adaption will likely be disappointed. I really liked the film, but I will admit that I'd read the reviews and adjusted my expectations.
Nevertheless, he benefited from the studio's many talents for animation, multi-color sets, and the means to find good composers for music.
The show remains a good level.
That's why I bought this Steelbook showing the richness of one of its sets.
Plus, it's cheaper than most other Studio Ghibli Steelbooks.
Yet when I saw the film, without any prior knowledge of the books or of potential misgivings the film might encounter, I saw it with fresh eyes as it were, new to a world and the stories embroiled within and I was engrossed. The film explores the precarious equilibrium of Earthsea, as a balancing act of the powers of man, magic and dragon come into even more peril at the hands of the power-hungry mage Cob, whose only real opposition is the Archmage Ged and his ostensibly conflicted and much troubled wandering companion, Arren. The ambiguities of the protagonists very nature and actions imbue the film with an ever-present darkness - which is certainly a key tenet of the novels - which is also expressed by the dark underworlds and underhand practices that permeate the beautiful and captivating facade of a rich civilisation. This hidden darkness is off-set by the more open, though sometimes stark and uncompromising wilderness and the other-times green and pleasant undulating scenery, which essentially represent the more honest natural landscape and its accompanying characters Therru and Tenar, the strong yet equally vulnerable and mysterious heroines of the story. While the story is somewhat limited in scope comparatively to the novels, the imagery and artistry is truly captivating and there are moments where you feel you could be swept away on the wings of a dragon or into the oppressive darkness between worlds and as such, the story is more than enough to sustain interest and involvement throughout. If anything, too much story and reference to the novels, might simply have clouded and obscured the overriding sentiments and values of the film in the brief time it is allowed, having not the luxury of time and space that books so comfortably enjoy.
In hindsight, I can understand how many were disappointed that some major issues were perhaps ignored/unexplained or simply told poorly or that the story was not `true' to the books, but I also appreciate an element of mystery as well as approaching things from an alternate perspective on events and imaginations. This film inspired me to read the books and for that I can only be grateful, and through reading the books my mind is now full of the beautiful imagery and animation portrayed in the film. I really look forward to any new offerings by Goro Miyazaki, especially considering the troubles he went through to make the film and the initial responses he had, as in light of these factors I'm certain he'll be a stronger and greater film maker and he's shown great skill and great potential in his tricky debut. One of the greatest testaments to Goro and Tales From Earthsea, is the fact that, for me at least, my enjoyment of the film increases with each viewing and I feel ever more satisfied having watched it again recently.
The tale of Earthsea is essentially about balance, the balance of light and dark, life and death, good and evil, all of which are explored effectively and astutely to make a most enjoyable feature. In a way, this balance is somewhat prophetic, as Goro had the dire task of trying to balance the fans of the novels, the author (Ursula Le Guin), his father (Hayao), and the studio, in the making of his debut, yet I think he found a welcome enough balance such that Ged himself would be proud. For the completionist, this is a welcome addition to their Studio Ghibli collection, one to rival some of the darker themes presented by the Studio, and perhaps film in general. To the avid Earthsea fan however, this may be a disappointment. Though not without its flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and consider myself both of the above. So if you can untangle that contradiction, I wish you as much pleasure in doing so as I hope you derive from this film.
PS: Somewhat unclearly, the Studio Ghibli Collection 2 Disc Special Edition of Tales From Earthsea shares a virtually identical listing on Amazon to the standard edition. So to purchase the two disc edition, you can simply click on the link in this post script, or scroll down to the product details page and check if 'Number of discs' is listed as 1 or 2. The extras on the 2 Disc Special Edition are quite informative and highlight many interesting points in the making of the film and its journey from the novel to the big screen, well worth the extra money.
If you were to compare this to previous Ghibli films, you will find there are some plusses - the script translation is much better handled so not all of the voices are as rushed as before (although I can understand if people might like the quick, breathless delivery of Howl's Moving Castle or Laputa). Personally, I found the slower delivery allows the story to flow at a much more even pace. The right voices were employed as well - in particular, Willem Defoe's softly spoken delivery is spot-on (if a little quiet) and made Cob all the more creepy. This film is a lot darker in subject matter than other Ghibli movies and for this alone it should be checked out.
One drawback however is that the visual charm of Spirited Away, Laputa and Howl's Moving Castle is at times replaced by a far more intense style, particularly noticable in the hero (his facial expressions are occassionally a bit "Pokemon") - but given it is a darker piece, perhaps it was inevitable that some charm would be lost. Secondly, the inventiveness was not there - perhaps there was no need for it but I do like the peculiarities of Hayao Miyazaki's worlds (particularly the spiritual beings and the mechanical pieces of past films).
Although this isn't a Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece it is a Goro Miyazaki start - there is better to come from this guy no doubt but this is an assured enough piece to pass the test at many other animation studios. Don't mark it down just because it's Ghibli, but don't expect another Oscar contender.