Parents' Guide to

Tales from Earthsea

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation.

Movie PG-13 2010 115 minutes
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Given the violent nature of the imagery and the incomprehensibility of the plot and messages, there's little to appreciate in this effort. Using the classic Earthsea novels by Ursula K. Le Guin as inspiration, director Goro Miyazaki (son of acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki) has created a beautiful mythic kingdom and brought it to life with a good versus evil theme, lots of stunning derring-do, and striking imagery. But sadly, visuals aren't enough. There are many ideas searching for expression here -- far too many to execute successfully. Complex notions are given very short shrift, and several story lines are never resolved; some are even contradictory. Characters' motivations are loud, but not logical.

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