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Two Miyazaki masterpieces. Spirited Away is better.
Princess Mononoke floored me. And I'm admittedly jaded toward Spirited Away. Known too many people unhealthily obsessed with it. Been subjected to it too often.
Both are great but I'm going with Princess Mononoke here. Spirited Away was wild and imaginative but Mononoke seemed to have a more coherent story and was overall more intriguing to me.
While I think Spirited Away is a better film (a more solid story with better crafted characters, and not so thematically ham-fisted), Princess Mononoke never fails to elicit more of an emotional reaction from me. Every time I watch it, the sheer majestic beauty of the whole thing nearly moves me to tears. Mononoke wins for me.
Miyazaki's 2 best films (followed closely by Nausicaa). Spirited Away is slightly better.
While Spirited Away was a far more consistent film than Mononoke, I mostly remember it for being really weird. Mononoke was ambitious as hell, and even though it's uneven, I will never forget it. So... Mononoke wins this round.
Soooo close. So, so close. I agree with whoever said that Spirited Away is more consistent. But on any given day I might rather watch Mononoke. Spirited Away is a great entry into Miyazaki, and Mononoke is something that perhaps requires more background knowledge and experience with Miyazaki to fully appreciate. I'm lucky to have seen both with their original language tracks on the big screen. I'll give it to Spirited Away this time, but I hate to choose between the two.
Spirited Away,just because.
Princess Mononoke. Spirited Away was brutal....I'm sorry...I know that will bring hate...
on May 26
I recently changed my mind on this one and went with Princess Mononoke. I'm changing that back today.
Two movies that are nearly the exact opposite of what I expected after hearing so much hype about how magical they are. Can I just vote for one of Miyazaki's 80s movies instead?
So these are the only two Ghibli films I've seen so far, and neither have lived up to their god-like reputation. God help me when I get onto watching the rest of Miyazaki's work. However, whereas Spirited Away held very little interest for me, I will give Princess Mononoke credit for not being ham-fisted and giving me something else to think about beyond the usual Miyazaki fare of "isn't the animation and design pretty!", in the form of it's take on man vs. nature. Mononoke wins.
Surely Mononke's environmental agenda is more ham-fisted than Spirited Away's surreal whimsy. Like, by default, man.
When i said that Mononoke's message wasn't ham-fisted, I meant in comparison to Western cinematic efforts on the same topic like Avatar and Fern Gully. I wouldn't describe Spirited Away's "surreal whimsy" as being ham-fisted, because to be brutally honest, I don't find it charming or whimsical in the slightest.