Gods, animals and human beings in Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is a movie full of creativeness, with a little bit of lack of humor, but very original. The soundtrack is amazing and very solid. The landscapes accompanied with the music in the movie creates a perfect experience. The movie might seem a little bit slow but the music and plot made it interesting.

The movie starts with a world of Gods and human beings living in the same place. One of the interesting characters that can be mentioned, like the fearsome Lady Eboshi, represents one of the good humans, who knows how to take care of her own kind. She gives work to prostitutes and the forgotten lepers, who are rejected in society. Animals are wrong too when they think that all humans are the same and that they all deserve death. Not all humans think that nature does not need to be taken care of. The director, Hayao Miyazaki, presents powerful characters with curious personalities. The film also focuses on the personalities of the characters. For example, we can mention Ashitaka, a young warrior who is trying to cure his threatening disease, but at the same time he wants peace and health for anyone who is around him.

Many have discussed that this film has an ecologist message but I think that the main theme is the coexistence of all the species in the universe.  One of the good things about this movie is that is not like other movies where there is the “good guy” and the “bad guy.” Instead, in this film everyone plays a role in nature and small actions cause the perturbing of peace of other species. Nature does not have unlimited resources and that is why these actions can break the relationships among the species. Humans do not respect nature, but they do not do it because they do not know how to appreciate the beauty of it, but because they do not realize what nature can offer them.

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