I always try to see one of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies in the theater when they come out because I feel it’s important to support of the the great living film makers. I have never been disappointed. Ponyo i probably one of his oddest stories, which comes from a children’s book “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”. It’s about a romance between a five year old boy and a half human fish girl. Sort of.
A human wizard who lives in the ocean and tries to restore it to its former glory has a hundred or so daughters with a sea goddess. One of them decides to go to the land to see what its like and falls in love with a human boy. She manages to take on a human form and they have some adventures. That’s the story in a nutshell, Of course, being a Miyazaki film it has an ecological message but he is never heavy handed. And unlike most of his films, there is no flying scenes. It’s all in the water or on land.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this one, and it took me longer to warm up to it as his other movies, but it won me over as he always does. It is a very fresh and original story. Certainly when you compare it to the junk out there.