If you love Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books this film is unlikely to be for you. Goro Miyazaki doesn't seem to understand the ethos of Le Guin's imaginary world. Ged, so lively and intriguing in the original Earthsea trilogy, is introduced in his pontifical-old-geezer persona of the later stories and doesn't "do" anything except apologise! Cob is quite scary but in the film is just another bad-guy wizard, not bearing much resemblance to the original creation. The important concepts of "true names" and the nature of dragons is just muddled. Nice scenery, moderate animation, rubbish characterisation. Read the books!