I've never viewed anime before. I've never had any interest in anime. However, I'm a big fan of animated movies. My lack of interest in anime was because I had always assumed that the quality was poor at best. Hoping to enlighten myself, I marched to the video store and returned home with a copy of "Spirited Away."
A movie that gets something like 97% positive reviews has got to be good, doesn't it? A movie by the most famous anime director. Sounds great. Into the the DVD player goes the disc. To make a long story short, two hours later my wife and I look at each other and say: "What the f*ck!"
Can someone explain to me what I am missing? I thought the movie was terrible. I don't mind the acid trip aspect as long as there is some meaning to the movie. All I could discern were random characters and random plot lines. A movie such as this has to have a real quest. The main character had a goal, but never went on a true quest. The plot was way too disjointed to have anything approaching a quest. At times it seemed that the main character totally forgot about returning home and/or freeing her parents. Most of the characters were totally unsympathetic. The characters that I wanted to learn more about were never developed. And to add insult to injury, we never did learn why this spiritual world existed, or any deeper meaning behind it.
I know that I don't have an understanding of Japanese mysticism and folklore. I'm sure that I was missing something because of that. That, however, doesn't make up for the fact that the story sucked.
Can someone explain to me just what I was missing? Or do others agree that this movie was lacking?