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xxKurumi's Porco Rosso Tv Review

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso tv Review

Story & Characters

Every once in a while, from the ashes of the same old, unoriginal mecha or magical girl anime, arises a story that can actually do what it promises — touch your heart. It is no surprise that it has come from the minds and hearts of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, a company in the business of tugging hearts and bringing magic to the big screen. This film certainly does not lack the charm, fantasy and the good old reliable Miyazaki luster avid followers, like myself, have come to depend on.

Circa The Great Depression, Porco (real name, Marco Paggot) finds himself a bounty hunter of the Adriatic Sea, a pilot renowned for his "glory days" as an officer of the Italian air force. Before his defection, that is. Then there is the matter that he looks like, well, a pig. The story focuses on Porco's history as a member in the Italian army and how he was eventually led to leave the army, that has since led to his popular status as an enemy and outlaw to the Italian forces, his love - or not love - with the gorgeous and romantic club-owner Gina who was widowed to a few of Porco's late companions, the tale of his piggish features, and his battles with the Italian army and American pilot and aspiring film personality, Donald Curtis.

The most amazing aspect of Porco Rosso is that everything is so wonderfully understated; the plot does not seem like much with it's simple concept and the characters lack direct complexity, yet that is what makes them unique and likeable - the protagonist is simply too lazy to be a protagonist, which ultimately develops his personality and features. Thought to be Miyazaki's alter ego, Porco is the most amazing and humanistic protagonist I have come across in quite some time. He is so inclined to keep his feelings to himself, yet through the story we as viewers are given the chance to feel like we are granted special visitation rights into the film, watching as this seemingly apathetic character's past unfolds and he is molded into the person-pig he is to the day - sparing us a dramatic change from apathy to a man contrived in emotion.

Not only is Porco a down-to-earth and simple-complex character, but also the nostalgic owner of Hotel Adriano Gina, Fio, the starry-eyedmechanic, and the annoying Curtis - who is annoyingly charming - an American pilot are among the list of characters that are delightful accents to Porco Rosso.

Perhaps the scene in this film most worth watching, aside from Marco's flashbacks in the clouds during his past battles, is when Gina, from her garden, gazes at Porco as he flies and twirls through the air and she is anticipating his land only for him to fly away. So much depth is portrayed that it is all too hard not to feel something for both Porco and Gina in this moment.

I would suggest taking Porco Rosso at not only face-value, an exciting journey of a pig-man, a naive mechanic, a club owner, and an egoist American actor, but I also recommend searching deeper, for you may just get a glimpse of Hayao Miyazaki.

Rating: 10

Art

Like the majority of Ghibli produced art, the art of Porco Rosso is clean and simple; however, it is powerful all the same and without the annoying glamour of high-tech creation. As seen in Sen to Chihiro, Neko no Ongaeshi, and Mononoke-hime alike, the colors as expected of this studio are breath taking and beautiful and never fail to delight. As a viewer, one cannot help but be awed by the way the crimson of Porco's plane glistens against the sun and ocean. The landscapes, given special attention and detail, do justice to the coasts of Croatia and Italy that hint their subtle and undeniable beauty.

If you take a closer look, I am sure you will see it as well. As always, the art speaks for it self.

Rating: 9

Sound

Sound in all honesty was the biggest disappointment of Porco Rosso. The Japanese and French casts were simply amazing, but when this spectacular film was put into the hands of Disney they treated this movie with disrespect and destroyed English images of Gina, Curtis, and many other voice characters of Kurenai No Buta. Although I adore Megara voice actress Susan Egan, she neither owned up to the French nor Japanese voices of Gina. I expected more from her role that failed to deliver and impact me as the Japanese and French audio had. Moreover, Cary Elwes, voice of Donald Curtis was the deepest disappointment:

Who gave him the idea to give Curtis that ridiculous southern accent? The comic genius of Curtis was largely undermined due to Elwes. The only voice I have no complaints for, thank heavens that Disney got something right, was the voice of Michael Keaton as Porco. He was actually a suitable choice for the layers of Porco and I am pleased to repeat that knew how to develop Marco in his own way.

However, I strongly recommend that if you must see the movie in the Disney dub, you view it in the original Japanese or even the French adaption first. You will appreciate the movie much, much more. Unfortunately, with seeing the English first you will not like it as much as you would have had you seen the original audio first.

Once again, Disney has produced - at best - a mediocre dub of an otherwise wonderful film.

(The score is lovely)

Rating: 8

Presentation

Overall, despite Disney's dubbing, Porco Rosso, is in my opinion one of Ghibli's greatest achievements (on par with Mononoke-hime and Totoro). Although I hate to discredit other opinions, I was distraught to see many people found this film boring, wasteful, and rather dull. I will say with confidence that those who believe such things have either been dissatisfied with the English voicing and never have seen it in the original format or have simply been too lazy to look beneath the surface. Porco is simply not a pig because he floated in the sky; his outsides, literally, reflect his frank disposition. Honesty, if you fail to see the magic in this film perhaps you should view it again.

The English dub may be missing, but even so I can see the wonderful film and story emerging as I watched this movie with cynicism. I had no interest in seeing it, merely coining it to be a film with a weird pig who flies airplanes in Italy. But upon seeing it I was delightfully amazed and have since reformed my ignorant opinion, which many have failed to do themselves.

All I can do is recommend this movie, which has touched my heart, and hope that it touches yours as well.

Remember: A pig who doesn't fly is just a pig.

Rating: 9

Final Verdict

9.17 (very good)

Reviewed by xxKurumi, Apr 04, 2008

Comments

  1. shoujoboy Apr 04, 2008

    162, that's a very important number in your review. That number represents the NUMBER OF COMMAS IN YOUR REVIEW. 162! (give or take a couple, my eyes were burning). You do well enough with words, but your flow is broken up into tiny pieces or you just have massive run on sentences. Honestly, 162 is just an unacceptable number and I'd HIGHLY recommend you put this puppy over to MS Word or something and let it set it somewhat straight.

    Once that gets cleared up, you may have a good review sitting here.

  2. shoujoboy Apr 04, 2008

    Isn't the point of a review to inform the masses of your opinion of a certain show? If the masses are unable to even read your review then you have failed your job as a reviewer. As it sits, this review is completely unreadable.

  3. xxKurumi Apr 04, 2008

    I suppose I have. And a note: I edited commas not for me, but for the comma police and for viewers, should they have trouble as well with excessive commas.

  4. BossMac Apr 05, 2008

    Comma usage aside, I'd like to point out your story segment. Yet it is generally practical to give the readers' a feel of the story, note that it should be done without providing much spoilers. In your Story section here, you basically summarized the story which is not recommended. Try describing the story more without giving out so much details.

    Aside from that, all your other sections are fine. Your wordplay is also very good and you're review is very convincing.

    I suggest you edit the Story section a bit and leave out the spoilers. :)

  5. xxKurumi Apr 05, 2008

    Noted, Jakulito.

  6. BossMac Apr 05, 2008

    Wow that was fast. Now I'll for an action.

  7. shoujoboy Apr 05, 2008

    Ok look, I was trying to help you. Anybody who passed 5th grade English would have seen your original review and told their teacher on you. But you just couldn't take constructive criticism could you? First you say "I'm not changing my review to appease the masses" then you subsequently delete that comment and then call me the "comma police". Whether you wanted to call it proper grammar or not is irrelevant. Your review was unreadable. But you decided to delete some commas... but it appears you pretty much deleted them at random. Not only that but your comma count still sits at 119!

    Learn to take criticism and use it to make your writing better. Don't get angry about it and get all defensive. I've written over 40 reviews and still get corrected and advice from people, and that means a whole hell of a lot to me and has helped me tremendously as a writer. You'd do well to do the same.

  8. xxKurumi Apr 05, 2008

    xD I'm sorry for sounding rude; the comma police was not only at you - I had other people comment me about it, so don't worry. I was disappointed, and, yes a 5th grader would - but a college english professor? No way. I was taught this form of commas use by not one, but four college professors. Although I was defensive, I'm lightened up. Let's both do the same; sorry for my attitude.

    Still, thanks for your time ; I am actually going through at this moment trying to edit them out.

    By the way, I am actually quite flattered that you took the time to count my commas!

  9. BossMac Apr 05, 2008

    Quote by shoujoboyOk look, I was trying to help you. Anybody who passed 5th grade English would have seen your original review and told their teacher on you. But you just couldn't take constructive criticism could you? First you say "I'm not changing my review to appease the masses" then you subsequently delete that comment and then call me the "comma police". Whether you wanted to call it proper grammar or not is irrelevant. Your review was unreadable. But you decided to delete some commas... but it appears you pretty much deleted them at random. Not only that but your comma count still sits at 119!

    Learn to take criticism and use it to make your writing better. Don't get angry about it and get all defensive. I've written over 40 reviews and still get corrected and advice from people, and that means a whole hell of a lot to me and has helped me tremendously as a writer. You'd do well to do the same.

    I'm JaK and I approve of that message. So chill out!

  10. xxKurumi Apr 05, 2008

    62 is now the rought comma count (I many not be 100% on this number, as I am tired). Just for you I have edited out, coincidentally, roughly 100 commas.

  11. davidh01 Apr 06, 2008

    The ideas you're putting across here are balanced, succinct, and clear. You are giving a lot of detail and support to your arguments. That in itself is a good approach to reviewing - so you're on the right track.

    My only criticism (hopefully a constructive one) is the impression I'm getting from reading this review. It is like an endless tape - going on and on, introducing new ideas one after another. One trick I always use is to see how my writing would appear as if I was speaking it out loud. If I get to the end of a sentence and I'm out of breath then the sentence is too long. Suffice it to say that after reading half of your sentences, I am out of "breath" at the end of each of them. This, of course, makes it a lot of effort to read and digest a review no matter how good the ideas are. A couple more tips: Short sentences are good. One idea or concept per sentence is good. Run-on sentences are like a winding road, going all over the place but not actually getting very far. One final thing to think about: not everyone on this community has English as their main language. While the use of commas as you suggested may be appropriate in academic writing, we're not in college here. The whole KISS (Keep it simple, stupid) principle is well advisable to be applied in these circumstances.

    Please take my comments as I'm meaning them to be taken - encouraging but critical at the same time. I'm not trying to poke holes in what you're saying, but how you're saying it. The other reviewers (shoujoboy and jakulito), like myself, are also very experienced in writing reviews for MT. Bottom line is that we're trying to encourage people like yourself to write and submit quality reviews. We've seen quite a bit of crap submitted as reviews so we're now trying to actively monitor submissions and provide feedback to writers with the intention you'll take it on board and improve.

  12. xxKurumi Apr 06, 2008

    Oh, thank you for your advice. I will take it to heart and edit again.

  13. pmgbapm Jun 23, 2009

    you are so serious to type those words ,thx

  14. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

  15. SchRita Aug 24, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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