Adam’s Studio Ghibli Report: Day 3 – Castle in the Sky

Of all the Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen thus far Castle in the Sky is my least favorite.  Keep in mind, I’ve only seen 3 of these movies.

My main issue with this film is the inconsequential plot; two kids searching for a mysterious island in the clouds while being pursued by both a band of ultra-cartoony – even for an actual cartoon – pirates and the army.  The existence of this storyline exists only as a means to highlight the movie’s greatest assets which are thrillingly drawn chase scenes reminiscent of one of the first three Indiana Jones movies, and shirt-shredding fight sequences.

I know that all the movies I’ve seen from Ghibli are aimed towards children of all ages, including grown adults, but I didn’t get that vibe from this one.  This felt more like a movie aimed at those with shorter attention spans, such as young children and potheads, neither of which are me.  However, as soon as I made peace knowing my demographic might not have been calculated into the scriptwriting equation, the sooner I was able to enjoy this film.

While I’m not eager to sit through these 2 hours again any time soon, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t still go out of my way to own this (should I find a decent used copy on DVD), if for no other reason than to watch one of the most cinematically entertaining street brawls since Roddy Piper and Keith David went toe-to-toe in John Carpenter‘s They Live.


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