Film Micrœview #30: Porco Rosso (1992)

12.16.2013 § Leave a comment

Porco Rosso

Miyazaki must make this film.

Miyazaki can do no wrong.

I’m maybe slightly bothered by the treatment of women, especially considering that being topical. For one, the lounge singer complains of being treated like furniture, and in the final exchange between her and Porco the latter seems unrepentant. And the upstart engineer girl is objectified as a prize for the climactic confrontation.

I suppose in the end it’s more about growing beyond being a loner, though. I appreciate the focus on this, and that both the protagonist’s spell and the politics of the day were relegated to mentioned-in-passings, being only tangential to this theme.

This is a story of whimsy and adventure and beauty. Right from the start (the cute kid hostages, the pulsating human arrow, the incompetent pirates) I knew I was in for the ride I signed up for.


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