Milez Das (Rohit Shivdas)’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is what a beauty is all about.
This is what a world of dream looks like.
This is what cinema is.
And this what my life is for.
We all know what Studio Ghibli does to us when it releases a masterpiece. It gives me goosebumps and takes me to a world of happiness where I say a ray of light shining and telling me to forget everything and stay here. I want to stay in the world of Studio Ghibli.
Isao Takahata who gave us a tragic masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies with My Neighbors the Yamadas brings another beautiful and a folk tale with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
When the story is sculpting we see the princess growing in the land of nature and its beauty but she was meant to be a princess, live in palace, be noble and her father provides her. But when the story shifts to her becoming princess and living in a mansion we see her being sad and depressed. She wants to break free but still she can't. There is a scene when she is running around a cheery blossom tree and collides with a baby and falls and suddenly the mother of the baby comes and asks for her forgiveness even though it was her fault , in this scene Kaguya realizes the difference in her life. She can't be with ordinary people. They look at her differently now. She gets even more sad.
The tales is happy, beautiful, sad and like a painting. And I can't even describe the animation here. It is just --------------------------------. I am speechless here.
This is not Isao Takahata's best film but still it is one of his masterpiece.