Princess Mononoke Review

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Hattie Colegrove, Reporter

So at this point in life, as a teenager you’ve watched probably thousands of movies. Most of us are familiar with Studio Ghibli and their popular works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc. The studio produces amazing animated movies every time. One of their other popular movies Princess Mononoke is particularly interesting.

The movie begins with a young village boy in a world rampaged by demonic animals of the forest. Humans are fighting other humans, animals fighting humans, and animals fighting animals. Everyone is competing over the forest and it’s wonders of the Deer God. This young protagonist, Ashitaka is cursed by killing a demonic boar. Ashitaka embarks on a journey to lift the curse and meets many people along the way.

Once he meets the antagonist of the movie he does not realize they are evil. He also meets a young girl, San, and they become friends on his journey. San is extremely different, and a natural part of the forest. Around the end of the movie a large twist takes place, leaving me, and most likely all of the audience shocked.

 

For me, the whole movie stood as a metaphor to keep mankind from fighting over our one and only resource. If we continue to bicker with each other over our only hope for survival, we will pass by our chance of redemption. A strange movie, a mind boggling metaphor, and a wonderful story at the surface for young children to understand. Recommend this movie to all ages!