jaywill’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ghibli-flix film #5:
Letterboxd Popularity: 5/22
Letterboxd Rank: 7/22
First of all, I still haven’t recovered from yesterday’s Grave of the Fireflies viewing.
Interesting that what I expected to be a fantasy was very much a straight up coming of age. Reaching the finale with no antagonist put the previous 100 minutes into perspective. Unfortunately I didn’t put on the critical lens until the credits...while I was realizing the more and more of the context throughout the runtime I think I missed a lot of the nuance Miyazaki intended. For those reasons I think this will probably get a rating increase from me on a rewatch but for now it’s not a standout.
Also shoutout to the Canada Gooses!