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Best Earthsea movie you're gonna see unless there comes some Le Guin-loving Kubrick,
This review is from: Tales From Earthsea - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Le Guin's cycle is hard to film: slow paces, little action and a lot of philosophical dialogues. If Jackson's "LotR" is what it is (and it's better not to talk about his "Hobbit(s)"), imagine what harm could Hollywood do to an author even more movie-unfriendly than Tolkien (see the awful "Legend of Earthsea" to get an idea). It's not perfect, but at least Miyazaki jr's script doesn't pretend to be faithful while rewriting the whole thing (I'm referring to Jackson's "Lotr" and "Harry Potter" 3-8). Surprisingly, it is quite faithful in his own way, using many elements throughout the whole cycle of novels; I would call it an Earthsea compendium (there are elements from at least: "a Wizard of Earthsea", "the Farthest Shore", "Tehanu", "Dragonfly", "On the High Marsh"). The animation is obviously wonderful, and the design both familiar and positively unusual for fantasy (see Arren's Byzantine array: Byzantine style usually is not seen in fantasy movies, where a more western european style is preferred). Miyazaki jr's director's abilities are not at the level of his father, but it's not that terrible (the dragon fight scene in the prologue is simply perfect). Good soundtrack, very inspired.