Movie Spotlight: Ponyo
The waves gently move back and forth, with an endless deep blue of magical sea creatures. This is the beginning of Ponyo, the latest film to be released from Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki (which you might know from films like the masterpiece Spirited Away), this whimsical and light hearted adventure is about a five year old boy named Sasuke who finds a goldfish in which he names Ponyo.
Together they form a bond and immerse one another into their worlds. Wihout giving anything away, this film is very cute and relaxing, and the innocent audience in the theater (comprised of mainly toddlers) made this film a joy to watch. The artistry in the film is beautiful, and had my eyes glued to the screen the entire time. The music, composed by the amazing Joe Hisaishi (who made soundtracks for many other Studio Ghibli films) fit in perfectly. For its 1 hour and 40 minutes timespan, it sure went by fast and left me wanting more. Some reviewers complained that the English dubbing was not very good, but I found it delightful. Highly recommended!