- Actors: Tsunehiko Kamija, Greg Ellis, Sanshi Katsura, Tokiko Kato, Shaichira Moriyama
- Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
- Format: DVD
- Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Madman Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 13 April 2005
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000CCQ9FQ
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Porco Rosso (DVD)
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Also there is a character named Donald who wants to be President of the United States, which is hilarious in hindsight.
No one captures the spirit and majesty of powered human flight quite like Hayao Miyazaki, and this movie really captures that essence with all of the charm and beauty that we've come to expect from the great master.
Its hard to really review a movie without spoilers, so I'll pretty much leave it at that as far as story goes.
Cary Elwes does a great job as Porco's rival. I don't know how I feel about Michael Keaton's performance. I would compare it to Billy Bob Thornton's performance in Princess Mononoke. They were both just sort of monotone. A little too...I dunno, awkward sounding? It wasn't especially naturalistic is what I'm saying.
However, that didn't really take away from the movie as a whole. Just one small negative in an overwhelming sea of positive.
In short: If you love Miyazaki, if you love airplanes, if you love fun, you will love this movie.
Miyazaki has always had the Jane Austin/ Fred Astair / Eddie Van Halen appeal- talent and work ethic so strong they make anything look possible, something you too could do. The animation is beautiful to look at, but its implicit in the story, and the story is simply what happens in the lives of remarkable and undaunted characters. Porco Rosso is a Hero, with a capital "H", but he'd be nothing without the Italian workshop which rebuilds his airplane, with its canny proprietor, and the young woman engineer who is just starting her career, and a workforce of older master craftswomen. A new and more powerful engine helps too. Friends from his past warn him when the Facists are in pursuit, and then there's the mob of air pirates, including the evil twin of Howard Hughes, intent to show that might equals right. Did I mention the sad, slightly distant widow he loves, whom he feels unworthy of?
There are two of the great tough-guy lines of all time in the dialog (you'll know them when you hear them) and yet they are just what you'd expect him to say. He is a tough guy, and we'd be better off if there were more like him.
As you'd further expect, there's a lot of flying and some shooting, but this is a fable and nobody is ever actually hurt, other than Porco Rosso and the ur-Hughes who have a knock-down-drag-out fight in shallow water. Elaborate black eyes and exhaustion mark both, but they'll live. There's plenty of serious danger and there is death, and loss, in the story, but no-one is killed on screen. Less benign than "Toy Story", far more innocent than "Star Wars". But parents may have to explain Italian history from WWI to the late 1930s. You'll want to. Its that good.