Porco Rosso is a film by Hayao Miyazaki that I missed a very long time ago. Now that all of his films are on HBO Max, I can finally start playing catch up. I had no idea what to expect from Porco Rosso, besides the fact that it’s about a flying pig.
The film is set around the Mediterranean and Baltic seas during the rise of fascism. A former World War 1 Italian pilot was turned into a pig by some strange curse. Leaving his country behind especially due to politics, he now works as a bounty hunter.
His main targets are pirates trying to hurt people on boats on the sea. Most of the pirates fear him but that doesn’t stop them from trying to shoot him down from the sky. Despite having more manpower, the pirates never seem to get a lucky shot at the crimson pig. And they start to grow very tired of that.
The air pirates hire an American fighter ace to take down the pig. Despite being warned, the pilot from Texas, Donald Curtis gets his airplane ready for a good old-fashioned dogfight. Which one of these extremely talented pilots is going to win the deadly battle?
Overall I was a little disappointed by Porco Rosso. It’s a good movie, just moved a little slow for me. It’s also a little under par for a Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki. I would imagine if you really love airplanes, especially from the early days, this would be right up your alley.