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Porco Rosso Review

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Porco (voiced by Keaton) is an ace of the 1930's skies of Europe. He also has the appearance of a pig, and as such is somewhat gruff and introverted, making his living rescuing kidnap victims from pirates of the air, battling his nemesis (Elwes) and so forth.

★★★★★

Another animated treat from Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso’s lead character is a middle-aged fighter pilot in 1920s Europe who has rejected human society and been cursed with a pig’s face.

The vintage planes provide the skydiving spectacle, but it’s a broad comedy with an elegiac edge, exploring themes of disappointed masculinity and displaced heroes. As such, it invites comparisons to both The Quiet Man and The Incredibles, while a sublime fantasy scene echoes A Matter Of Life And Death.

It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since.

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