Great Shot of the Week
Porco Rosso (1992)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Just watched this film over the weekend, and while it’s hardly Miyazaki at his peak, it’s a fascinatingly uneven film in his canon, one that shows a more absurdly playful side to him. The playful side is what does indeed make this film so uneven in tone, but it’s still hard for me to not appreciate on some level a completely over-the-top, dragged-out fist fight that seems to rival They Live‘s historic scene.
However, as per usual, when Miyazaki wants to strike an emotional chord in the viewer, he does with such effortless grace that it makes you yearn for the Porco Rosso that only contains such moments… But I guess that’s what makes the moments work so well… Here’s my favorite scene from the film, which for the Miyazaki-curious is still well-worth seeing. Enjoy.