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Review: Totoro

Last night I had the opportunity to see another one of Hayao Miyazaki’s “masterpieces”… “Totoro” (“My Neighbour Totoro”, in English).

I must say… Even though everywhere I read about Totoro there is the word “masterpiece”, I do not consider this movie to be a masterpiece. Far from it. Compared to every other of Miyazaki’s movies, this one is the worst… But still it has the magical sense of wonder his movies are famous for.

We start the movie with the Kusakabe family moving to the country side. Mei and Satsuki (the children) explore the house. In their new house they find “susuwatari”, cute small spirits that hide in the dark. During this time a wonderful and cheerful environment is set for the movie and to introduce the character’s kindness.

Later on Mei is left at home with her father while Satsuki goes to school. During the day she goes exploring their backyard and starts seeing cute little creatures… This time she follows them (a bit like “Alice in Wonderland”, for the common minds) into a large tree and there she meets with Totoro… A… HUGE… GARGANTUOUS… CUTE looking beast. It is from this point that the movie kinda dies… I mean, the discovery was made, but it really doesn’t lead anywhere… Totoro just appears 2 more times in the movie and really doesn’t do much… Makes you wonder “why the hell is that cute beast there anyway??”.

I will not tell the rest of the story, obviously. But here is my thought about it:

Its not a great Miyazaki movie, but it’s an OK Miyazaki movie.

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  1. Richard Bell says
    February 22, 2011, 9:50 am

    You don’t have a fucking clue

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  2. be0wulf says
    February 26, 2011, 6:53 am

    I usually like the reviews here but in this case, if you cannot understand the source material you should not write a review?

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