That's one movie I can check off of my "To Watch" list.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Princess From the Moon
, but thankfully I wasn't disappointed. This movie isn't outstanding, but it's well put together and made for a pleasant watch.
The story has a very fairy-tale quality to it, which isn't surprising considering the source material (it was based off of a Japanese fairy tale, was it not?)
. On the positive side, this lends an appropriate mystical atmosphere to the film, and the plot is easy to follow. On the negative side, the movie goes at a rather slow pace (not quite too slow for me, but maybe others will disagree), the characters are rather static, and the plot developments are somewhat predictable.
Still, the actors all gave good effort in their parts. I was pleasantly surprised to see Megumi Odaka have a role in the film. Her character doesn't have a major role, but she at least has more presence than she did as Miki in most of the '90's Godzilla films. I don't think I recognized anyone else in the movie, so it was nice to have at least one familiar face (which is sort of an ironic statement, since Princess From the Moon
was actually her first movie).
The music and the effects both were good, substantially supporting the film when necessary. The dragon, unfortunately, only appeared for a couple of minutes, and was filmed in a fashion to be relatively obscured the whole time; but it looked good nevertheless. Plus, if you feel cheated out on that, you at least get a spaceship at the end - THAT was a sight for sore eyes!
Overall, Princess From the Moon
is a good movie. It isn't groundbreaking by any means, but if you don't expect any more than a couple of hours of old-fashioned fantasy, you ought to enjoy the film.