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Tales From Earthsea

Year: 2007
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Director: Goro Miyazaki
After the inventive Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, Tales From Earthsea is a very disappointing follow-up from Studio Ghibli, and makes you realise it's the off-the-wall ideas that make their work stand out.

Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Hayao, it's a very generic hero story of a young boy teaming up with a wise old mage to battle a generic evil spirit threatening an idyllic township.

Neither the characters, premise or narrative are up to the auspicious standards set down by the long shadow of the film's predecessors - to the point parts of it are quite boring. The sweeping visuals Ghibli is known for are present in the depictions of the rambling garden and faux-Grecian architecture of the township, but there'll little else to see here.

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