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The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.
Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.
Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.
Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.
An affecting and endearing collaboration between Miyazaki and Kondo, it weds a coming-of-age story with a flight of fancy to good effect.
Although not “bad” in a conventional sense, it’s a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn’t have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10.
Eschews the simplistic animated story arc as it explores the power of imagination and innovation to overcome grief.
Although the series hasn’t been reduced to the harebrained level of a big-screen children’s cartoon, the latest chapter is the least sophisticated of the movies.