Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ★★★★½

Unravelling in a future post-apocalyptic world, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind grapples successfully with some arduous themes such as pacifism together with some environmental concerns. It’s confidently told in broad strokes with some fantastic world design, and Nausicaä is a bold and adventurous leading character who makes great efforts to point out that compassion and empathy are more desirable to military action between two warring kingdoms.

Adapted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with the events here roughly resembling the first two books of his manga series, which constitutes seven books in total. There are some well-delineated secondary characters, and composer Joe Hisaishi arranges an effectual musical score to give a helping hand to an expeditious plot which spotlights some genuine ingenuity; it all blends to transform an entertaining film into an outstanding animated adventure.

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