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The Secret World of Arrietty
Do not be seen by humans. That's been the law of children of the underfloor.
14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
What a truly beautiful film, and whilst the passing of time may change my mind, it is quite possibly the best Studio Ghibli feature since Porco Rosso.
Studio Ghibli are arguably the greatest world builders in all of cinema and despite the real world setting of Arrietty the film still creates a genuinely magical environment for the characters to reside in. I've never liked The Borrowers be it book, TV or film but the scale, attention to detail and sheer sense of wonder conveyed in every single frame of Arrietty is staggering. It is a film that most closely resembles the studios greatest achievement, My Neighbour Totoro, in the way it makes great moments out of small details, the fantastical…
Affectionately crafted, mesmerisingly told & gorgeously photographed, The Secret World of Arrietty (simply known as Arrietty) is the best Studio Ghibli feature-length film that wasn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki. An extremely underrated masterwork of staggering beauty, it is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting works of animation to surface on the film canvas.
Based on the children's book The Borrowers by Mary Norton, the story of Arrietty concerns its titular character & her family; a group of tiny people on the brink of extinction who live anonymously in human residents & have made their home by borrowing simple items from their households. But things are set in motion when Arrietty is discovered by a human boy.
Co-written by Hayao Miyazaki & directed by Hiromasa…
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Every time I come into a Studio Ghibli film that is not directed by Miyazaki or Takahata, I never know whether or not it would easily win me over; except for Whisper of the Heart, which is perfect in every way. Arrietty won me over, but not to the level that Whisper of the Heart was able to achieve on me. The film may seem simple and shallow, due to Hiromasa Yonebayashi's accessible direction, but he does not forget the heart of Miyazaki's screenplay, which explores the ideas of survival, family, and isolation. If this film was directed by Miyazaki then this film would have been much more ambiguous…
In the suburbs of Tokyo, under the floorboards of an old house, Arrietty, one of the last Borrowers alive, lives in her tiny world with her family, doing everything to keep the secret of her existence. However, when a young man begins living in the house, the little Arietty believes that she can maintain a friendship with him, despite the difference of sizes.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi's first film is centered on a family of Borrowers who will try to do anything to hide their presence in this world from the human race. It's also about the relationship between the main character, Arrietty, and a boy who sees her borrowing little thins from his new house. The Secret World of Arrietty is…
Of course it comes as no surprise that the crafted animations within this feature are simply astounding, since it is a Ghibli production. What however did surprise me with that knowledge in the back of my head, was that unlike other films that have been put forward by the famous Japanese studio, this film follows a logical plot, not driven by random acts and dialogues, but with rational motivations behind every action. That in itself is a big upturn for me, because it is what generally keeps me from loving some of Miyazaki’s animations. The plot may not be spectacular, but its premise is more than satisfying, certainly since it is executed so well. Surrounded by a world that is created from every thinkable colour, Arrietty’s story is cute, lively and enjoyable.
For those who have read any of my previous Ghibli reviews it probably comes to no surprise that I think The Secret World of Arrietty is a stunning work of art and one that is currently severely underappreciated. The thing with their movies that has always enchanted me is how different each and every one of them is. There are of course recurring themes such as the lack of anything purely evil and villainous or the heroine that has to prove herself. Both of these are applicable to Arrietty and almost all of their movies but despite all of this Arrietty is a completely refreshing and rewarding experience.
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Studio Ghibli siempre me saca una lagrimita feliz, nunca me decepciona.
wow,,,,, what a film, this film taken into my childhood days.my inner childishness came out....highly recommended.
I was wanting to explore more of Studio Ghibli beyond Hayao Miyazaki, and I had this movie in my mind for a while, for whatever reason. Didn’t know what this was about, or what to expect, I only saw the poster and the imdb rating, and thought that it looked interesting. Maybe dealing with some type of fairy or something or some other small little creature dealing with adventure. But other than that, didn’t know what I was in store for.
Although I really enjoyed this movie, I kind of wanted more from it. I guess that isn’t really a criticism, but I feel like this could’ve been a bit longer and with how well it established the world in…
A wonderful film with outstanding animation.
Restarting my kids' interest in Studio Ghibli movies with one we hadn't seen, an adaptation of THE BORROWERS. It worked,
About as close to a happy ending as Miyazaki is going to give you. I really wanted one big happy family at the end.
Simply beautiful. A gentle (and superior) retelling of "The Borrowers" with low conflict and high emotional stakes. It feels like the theme of awaiting extinction would be better communicated if the film weren't so damn gorgeous, however, this is a Ghibli film and that means thoughtful introspection (usually involving youth). Like sitting on a park bench, that focus brings alive the smallest details: lady bugs, ivy, the unknowable movement of water and daylight. Bitter sweet is the goal of Arrietty and it nails it like a champ. A must see.
I think it would be fine if this movie remained a secret to me.
I dunno. Is there something wrong with me? I thought this was fine, but not amazing or anything.
The animation is pretty.
The lead from Good Luck Charlie does the voice here for the American version, along with Amy Pohler and Will Arnett. I don't know what it was, but it all just felt a bit off.
There's just slightly weird thinks that don't connect with me. For example: shouldn't these creatures be absolutely terrified of cats? At one point the boy casually holds a cat back from the miniature sized girl, who was totally fine and able to carry on a normal conversation when she…
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