Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Worked very hard to read against the film’s grain this time. It’s so obviously a fable, but I think that leads to an overly-manicured plot and aesthetic vocabulary. I wish there was something messy about it, maybe? Something to push the ambiguous resolution from “deep” (and therefore easy to ignore) to a true call to action, the kind of story where the loose ends get stuck in my brain for weeks instead of gesturing at a both sides shrug (or even the impracticable primitivist shrug).

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