Princess Mononoke ★★★★½

A rousing, majestic, expansive, and creative work by Hayao Miyazaki; Princess Mononoke is a perfect amalgamation of both boundless story and ingenious animation. The film just captures and ignites the imagination, taking the audience on a journey that is fully formed as a result of strong screenwriting and an ever-evolving storyline. It's a classical story, one overflowing with a wide range of themes that shift and change as new revelations come to light.

It may not be as intimately personal as other works by Miyazaki, but it certainly is a showcase of his vision as a director. It's a searing and emotionally resonant epic, and the final shot is perfection in a nutshell.

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