Animation buffs who swoon at the name ”Miyazaki” should stand warned: This lofty eco-mystical fairy tale was directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke). He does an okay imitation of his father’s languidly matter-of-fact dreamscapes, but it’s hard to deny that a certain vitality is missing in Tales From Earthsea. Arren (Matt Levin), a boy prince on the run, finds his mentor in a stately wizard named Sparrowhawk (Timothy Dalton). Their nemesis is an androgynous slave trader voiced with silken spookiness by Willem Dafoe. But the battle soon sinks into a bog of overly murky narrative. C+
IT DOUBLES AS A FLASHLIGHT The hero of Tales From Earthsea (©2006 Nibariki - GNDHDDT)
Posted August 11 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT
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