Princess Mononoke is a Japanese fantasy anime about Ashitaka who is on a journey to find a cure for a demon’s curse. He finds himself in the midst of a war between the forest gods and a mining colony. On his journey he meets and falls in love with San, who lives life as a wolf in the forest.
Like a lot of anime films Princess Mononoke has always been regarded as one of the most stunning animations of all time. It’s beautiful to look at and bizarrely imaginative. Whether it’s intentional or not the film is actually quite humorous, the characters are all larger than life and the animation style while refined and not childlike does make it difficult to take seriously.
The film is very long at just over two hours and the weirdness of the film combined with its long run time makes it quite hard work. It requires levels of concentration that animated films usually do not, and like lots of anime films it’s aimed more at adults. Although Princess Mononoke is a PG, which many anime’s aren’t, it is quite dark.
A very imaginative storyline and beautiful animation are just two of the things this film boasts. While it is very bizarre, almost head-hurtingly so at times, this is a show of its imagination and makes it quite magical. It runs with a smooth, poetic feel and while it is at times humorous and it’s hard to tell whether that’s intentional or not, it’s a beautiful watch. The creatures and the animation is timeless and the age of the film doesn’t show; it’s surprising that it’s over ten years old.