From Up on Poppy Hill is a Ghibli film directed by Goro Miyazaki, I hate to say it, but it’s one that many people tend to shove under the mat, saying that it’s plot is clunky and could’ve been done better. And while I agree-yes, the two plot lines could’ve been woven together better and yes, the ending was rather dissatisfying, people tend to forget about something that this movie is outstanding in-setting.
Setting is where the story takes place, we spent a lot of our elementary school years answering the questions: who are the characters, what happens, and where is the setting. The setting is comprised of two components: where and when does this take place?
Now that’s obviously a very oversimplified version of what setting can really be. A good setting sets the tone for the whole movie. It is often a very overlooked part of any story to be told, and shouldn’t be neglected in anyway. It’s what immerses an audience into the story, and gives the whole movie it’s feel and vibe.