We’re back for the next five ‘random’ films in my top 50. If you missed last week, catch up HERE
I’ve grouped these up into 10 groups of 5. They are linked more by theme than anything else, apart from the last 2 weeks, which will be tier 2 and tier 1. The rest could be in any order at all. This weeks group is animated films.
Emperor’s New Groove
I didn’t want to see this one when it first came out. I don’t know why, I just didn’t want to. Funnily enough I’ve come across others that thought the same and then, like me, when they ended up seeing it, they loved it. This is one of my favourite Disney films, almost my favourite of all time. It’s funny and quirky in a way that Disney hasn’t dared to be before or since. It breaks the 4th wall constantly, talking directly to the audience. Kuzco stops the plot to scribble on the screen. He judges the other characters while narrating. There are so many quotable lines in this one.
I feel that Frozen was so well loved when it first came out, that people dismiss it now. I’ve met several people, of all ages, that claim it’s one of the worst Disney films. They’re wrong. It’s an unbelievably beautifully animated film. The Ice castle is one of the most stunning pieces of animation to exist. The music is great, the story is strong and the characters are fantastic. I wasn’t sure whether to include Frozen 1 or 2 here. I love them both, seeing the 2nd one twice in the cinemas within a week of it coming out. The final sequences in number 2 are breathtakingly beautiful. I think the first one is better overall, but either could be here.
This was the first non-western animated film that I saw. My mum borrowed it from the library, I think because it won an Oscar, I’m not 100% sure if that was why or she had heard good things elsewhere. This is a masterpiece of art. Everything in this film is amazing. The story, the animation, the music is captivating. Everything about this is great. I’ve watched this a few times now, and always enjoy it. There is something about Ghibli films that are just special and this is close to being the best of the bunch.
Akira is a film that messes with your mind. The first hour and a half or so are pretty great. It’s haunting, scary, powerful and compelling and then the finale just takes a step of the deep end and gets weird in the best way possible. This is a film that I loved so much I wanted to watch it again straight away. I first saw it when I was in my first year at uni and thought it was pretty great. I then read the manga, which is easily one of the best manga series ever written. Every time I’ve watched Akira I’ve enjoyed it more and more. I can happily watch this any day of the year. Last year I got to see the new 4K transfer at the cinema in IMAX, which is one of the best trips to the cinema I’ve ever had. It was the first time I’ve seen one of my favourites on the big screen, years after it originally came out. It looked and sounded perfect.
Whisper of the Heart
In my mind there are 2 types of Ghibli films, one is their fantastical adventure films like Spirited Away and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The other type is a slice of life grounded stories, like Ocean Waves and From up on Poppy Hill. I prefer these types. They are more emotional and captivating. My favourite of the bunch is Whisper of the Heart. This is the story of one summer, where Shizuku finds that all the books she borrows from the library have been borrowed by the same person. It’s a coming of age story that is full of emotion and love. This is a brilliant film and one of the best that Ghibli have ever put out.
Have you seen any of the films I’ve mentioned? Love them? Hate them? Leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks for reading, and until next time,