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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not all bad, 2 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Tales From Earthsea [DVD] (DVD)
Having read, and loved, the books on which this film was based, I had very high hopes for it. Unfortunately, I left the cinema feeling a little disappointed.

Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea is a grand and deeply moving epic, and none of this really came across in the film. Parts of it were brilliant, but I agree with the reviewer who said the end of the film doesn't live up to the promise of the beginning, with major themes and ideas left unexplored and questions left unanswered. The potential in the source material was squandered leaving me with a feeling of 'what might have been'. I really think that if they'd followed the book more closely they'd have ended up with a better film.

On the whole, I think it was a fair first effort for Goro. For me, the film was better than some of Ghibli's other works, and overall I do like it. It's certainly worth buying for any Ghibli fan, and shouldn't disappoint too badly (even my non-Ghibli-fan friend loved it). For those who haven't already done so, do read the books, they're fantastic!
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2011 10:04:25 BDT
K. Grunwald says:
It beats me why people keep on comparing movies to books. They are utterly different media and never ever has a movie based on a book translated well so why oh why do you expect them to be the same???
Also the movies always say" Based on" which means NOT the same.
The review is supposed to be about the film NOT how it relates to the book.

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 15:51:09 GMT
Jan says:
Why do people compare the book to the film? When Ursula Le Guin was first approached by Hayio Myiazaki, she (in her own words) suggested him to invent his own story from the Earthsea world, which would take place in between the books. She understood that it would be very difficult to transform her own books into the film - almost impossible.

Goro Myiazaki not only ignored all this, but he mixed all her books together and created a film which completely lacks message the author wanted to deliver. Not to mention main protagonists of the film, which had completely different character in comparrison to those featuring in the books. And that is why the film makes many of her fans mad.

Compare this movie to Howl´s Moving Castle. Yes the film isn´t completely the same as the book. The film´s plot had to be altered a bit and multiple plot lines had to be reduced, but the message of the book and its characters remain the same.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 16:39:58 BDT
Jenn says:
It IS a review of the film. If someone wants to mention the book they are entitled to do so!
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