August 18, 2009
Two thumbs up for Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Ponyo. It's true that the plot-- a Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and Whale Rider type story all rolled into one-- doesn't quite make sense and at moments the characters' choices seem unmotivated or unbelievable. (Is that sea wizard good or bad? Why would the mother, voiced by Tina Fey, leave two small children alone in a storm?) But Ponyo is everything a children's movie should be: chock full of magic, whimsy and beautiful visual imagery.