What’s So Great About the Works of Hayao Miyazaki?

My whole life, I have heard pretty much anyone who has seen any of his works rave about how he is a genius and makes the best movies ever.

Up until about a year ago, the only film I had seen by him was Princess Mononoke, which my brother got from a friend when we were middle-schoolish age. To this date, that is still his favorite movie of all time. I did not like it then and never finished watching it. About a year ago, as I said, this same brother gave me a whole collection of Miyazaki films. (If he loves him so much, why the heck did he give them to me?)

So I’m going to run down these films real quick, and see if Mr. Miyazaki lives up to all the hype.

A bunch of his older ones on the compilation didn’t work. I might be grateful for that…

My Neighbor Totoro:

So many people are obsessed with Totoro. And I can’t possibly fathom why. I can see maybe five-year-olds liking this, and that’s about it. It is literally, literally, the worst movie I have ever seen. Nothing happens in it, and Totoro is so obnoxiously loud when he does he roar/burp thing. And the kids in it…oh my God they are so annoying.

Kiki’s Delivery Service:

This one is okay. It’s at least watchable. I think this was like the fourth one in the compilation I watched, and the first I could say that about. Regardless, it’s hardly anything I would recommend to any one.

Pom Poko:

This one is about a bunch of Tanooki whose forests are getting destroyed. It’s really long and pretty awful.

Princess Mononoke:

Yeah…after 20 years I hate this even more. This is one of the slowest moving movies of all time. It pushes the three hour mark! I don’t mind long movies, but nothing happens half the time. The entire story could be wrapped up in 60-90 minutes.

Spirited Away:

This movie is weird as all heck, and I actually really liked it!

Howl’s Moving Castle:

The book is way better, and I hate the book…

Ponyo:

It’s pretty lousy.

Well that’s it for the Miyazaki films I’ve seen. The compilation consists of other movies from Studio Ghibli, some that were good, okay, and bad, but anyway, the whole point I’m trying to make is…

Miyazaki is highly overrated!!!

But such is my opinion. To each their own.