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Sunday, December 22, 2013
The Revenge of T.S.H.B.G.
Once more I have produced a list of three movies which would have probably been better off games rather than feature films. For this outing I've decided to focus on some smaller budget lesser know motion pictures rather than the typical overwrought Hollywood blockbuster. Incidentally, if you want to read the previous entries in this reoccurring segment you can check them out here and here. Now on with the show!
Last is "Gedo Senki" or "Tales from Earthsea" as it is called in English. It's Goro Miyazaki's first film and a rare instance in which Studio Ghibli made a lackluster animated movie. In part this is because of the ineptly written screenplay which disregards all the best parts of the source material in lieu of dull and disjointed attempts at an original narrative. The saddest part is Earthsea is a rich and unique setting with interesting characters, plus a original system of magic based on Taoism and a bit of Jungian psychology. By use of true names and an ancient language of creation, wizards are able to alter reality through spoken words which only a gifted few can comprehend. The only problem is if the natural balance is disrupted to much the consequences can be disastrous both mentally and physically. Imagine what this would be like as a video game. It'd be like if Scribblenauts were to combine with Ni no Kuni and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.