Below is a cross-posted article that I wrote in my Tumblr account about one of Ghibli's most beautiful creations - Grave of the Fireflies:
|Movie Poster courtesy of Wikipedia|
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
I’m turned into a total emotional wreck after watching this. I’m seriously all over the place, and I’m sobbing all throughout the film. It’s the most human I’ve seen an animated film. It delivers a pretty disturbing and strong message.
That scene where Setsuka said that she knew all along that their mother had already died,and Seita just cried, poured all the hurt and loneliness the whole time he;s been keeping all his emotions to himself and hiding the truth from her. I’ve never really cried that hard, and that much, watching an animated film. This is a really good movie. Probably one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Perfect. Depressing, but perfect.I wrote this right after I watched the film so I'm a little bit (? >.<) all over the place. I would really love to post it with "Holiday Rewatch" in the title but I can't. I remember my brother reminding me before we watched it that netizens are saying that 'this films was so heartbreaking/depressing, you won't stand watching it twice'. Of course, I had to watch it in order to know if it is true - and so, I found it out the hard way.
All the crying were delivered realistically,without the finesse that usual animated films present. And that makes it all better. The emotions were real, that’s why the response of the audience would probably be real too.
Oh how I would love to use the f-bomb but I will just settle with the countless ‘freak’ jolts, because it is this good — so FREAKIN’ AWESOME, and EMOTIONAL.
Gawd, I’m a goner. If you won’t cry or even the least bit affected if you yourself watched this film, then I don’t know, you’re not human you robot. To all of my followers, or to whoever is gonna read this, I recommend y’all better watch this. [Rotten Tomatoes: 96%, Fresh, 23 reviews]
|My sentiments exactly.|
This was soooo downright sad. But then, this was a beautifully weaved piece about family, responsibility, and the pain that war is giving ordinary people when each country seeks pride. These countries at war must realize that while they were fighting for honour, they only give suffering to their people. War is not some heroic struggle as some may put it, but in truth, it's a failure. A major fallout. A societal failure to protect its people. Some may survive the war unscathed, but in the end, no one really wins. The film highlighted it through Seita and Setsuka's tragic life. How some innocent young people suffered because of the greed and pride of few.
For those who still haven't seen it, I recommend you go watch it. This is a certain tear-jerker, from beginning to end. But beware, this film is designed to only be viewed once.