Monday, 16 June 2014

What I've Been Watching: World War Z, The Three Caballeros, The Castle of Cagliostro, Tales from Earthsea


World War Z
An apocalyptic zombie horror film starring Brad Pitt based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks. 
I usually like zombie films but I didn't enjoy this. A lot of the visuals reminded me of watching someone else play a video game, and there were too many unanswered questions in the story. Despite this, I still would be interested in reading the book, if only to see if it sheds light on anything that I missed or was wondering about in the film. 


The Three Caballeros
Disney's 1944 film combining live-action and animation, featuring Donald Duck and his friends Jose Carioca and Panchito (collectively known as 'The Three Caballeros') exploring Latin America. I had been wanting to see this film for quite some time but it left a rather bitter taste in my mouth. Seeing Donald Duck lusting after scantily clad women was unsettling to say the least, but I have to remember that it is 70 years old and things were different back then.


The Castle of Cagliostro 
Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut about a thief attempting to save a princess (whom he meets whilst trying to track down the source of some counterfeit money he had just stolen) from a forced marriage. 
This is probably one of my least favourite Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli films that I've seen. There is no particular reason as to why I didn't really enjoy it, but I have noticed that the films perhaps aimed at more of a male audience don't seem to do anything for me. 


Tales From Earthsea
Studio Ghibli's film based on the first four books of the fantasy series Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. 
I really enjoyed this film. It's exactly the sort of Japanese animation that I love. The visuals were beautiful and reminiscent of my favourite Anime film, Princess Mononoke. The story was engaging and had a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend. 





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