4/22/03 11:30 am - Oh, wow.
Lisa and I finally got around to seeing Spirited Away last night. I think I'd...not so much avoided this, but avoided going too far out of my way to see it, because I found Mononoke to be overhyped, underdone, and while not a -bad- movie, per se, to not be an amazingly good one, either, or even close.
This...isn't anywhere near overhyped; in fact, even with the Oscar, I'd say it's underhyped; it's simply amazing, on almost every level. Character development, myth, plot, wonder, and catharsis.
And while, like every Miazaki film, it has an environmental subplot, in this film, it remains a -subplot-, rather than a "message" pounded into the ground until it bleeds, and is very well handled on a number of layers.
Now I just want to see it in Japanese.