As I mentioned in my last review for NausicaA of the Valley of the Wind, I managed to pick up some more Studio Ghibli movies, the next of which is Ponyo.
“A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Pony’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. In her quest to become human and reunite with Sosuke, Ponyo stumbles upon and releases her father’s magical Water of Life and triggers a gigantic storm. Now balance must be restored to the world they all cherish.”
This is a movie I have not actually seen before, so this was my first experience with it. Maybe because it was mostly based on a romantic story or maybe because I didn’t have any positive residual memories of Ponyo like I do for a good chunk of the rest of the Studio Ghibli movies, but this is probably a movie that I won’t watch as often as some of the other movies.
It was fun and amusing and filled with wonder, just as I have come to expect from the Studio Ghibli movies. The ocean world and all the creatures roaming around were filled with imagination and were fantastic. I think one of the funniest parts to me in the movie was when Sosuke’s mother, Lisa, was angry and his father and she used the light on their deck to repeatedly signal “BUG OFF” to him. That entire conversation was pretty much the one time when I really laughed out loud at this movie.
Overall, the movie was definitely cute. I think I would probably have to rate it as a high two or a low three on my rating scale. I’m glad I own it and I’m pretty sure I’ll rewatch it when I’m feeling silly and when love stories come back into fashion in my life.