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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.
The Secret World of Arrietty is an under-appreciated beauty, one of the finer works from the magical Studio Ghibli. I was a fan during my first viewing, and my second journey into this world started to unveil the magic, but I fell under an entirely different spell tonight with visit number three. The artistry behind every damn second of this film is exquisite, every frame gloriously hand drawn with a stunning attention to detail. For the first time I truly witnessed this film, as my eyes were open to every nook and cranny of the world they created here, and I am in love.
Of the nine Ghibli features I have had the privilege to see thus far, I have always considered them to basically be My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and then everything else. The top of the list just got a bit more crowded. Make room for Arrietty.
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…
Whimsical charming, adorable, cool. The Secret World of Arrietty is all of the good adjectives. The 3rd movie in my Ghibli marathon might be my favorite, I'm not sure yet. It's once again, insanely imaginative and made me smile so many times, I think my face started hurting. Oh, and it has like the best score ever.
Here's the thing with The Secret World of Arrietty, it's a Studio Ghibli version of The Borrowers. Now I've never been a big fan of anything about The Borrowers so I held off watching this film for a while but it ended up being a real surprise. It perfectly captures the sense of height that The Borrowers are and it looks brilliant. It's a film that has kids in mind but ends up being quite sad and emotional with a certain subplot. The characters were also a lot better than I thought they'd be. I just thought that these Borrowers were going to face danger at every turn and although they do they have courage which made the characters a…
Slight, but enjoyable fantasy from Studio Ghibli. Adapting from the world of The Borrowers, the film takes the idea and creates a vibrant environment around it. Seeing everyday items re-envisioned from the smaller perspective of these small people is intriguing and creatively animated. The actual small characters are also intriguing, feeling like genuine real characters simply trying to live in an environment where they aren't the dominant force provides ample conflict in their daily lives. That being said, the main plot with the normal sized people is rather unimpressive, with the young boy feeling very bland and one dimensional compared to the small girl who tries to help him. It feels like wasted potential for such a well established environment.
Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt August 2015"
Task #18. A film that takes place in the summer
It's hard for me to exactly pin point what it is about this movie that I enjoy so much. It's got a simple beauty to it. I think what I like about it is it's intense attention to detail. It's a movie literally and figuratively under a microscope. Everything in Arrietty's home, every piece of equipment they use, every obstacle they traverse has an origin, is a re-contextualization of something that we see every day. In this way, the film is able to take the everyday mundanity of our world and turn it into something wondrous that we…
When Arrietty started I had a pretty strong feeling I would wind up loving it, but sadly by the end I was a bit disappointed. The movie sets up the world wonderfully in the beginning by showing the daily life of the Borrowers, including their home and the way they work when the humans have gone to sleep. It was great to see the regular world when compared to a Borrowers' miniscule viewpoint, and Ghibli's always wonderful animation was as usual fantastic. The Celtic music was also gorgeous, and all of these aspects set up a wonderful film to come.
Unfortunately that wonderful film never really came. I don't mind simple movies, but Arrietty is too simple for its own…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bottom line: Beautiful animated movie that I would highly recommend to anyone especially with children.
The Secret World of Arreitty is based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. You might be familiar with the 1997 adaptation The Borrowers starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent. Jim Broadbent is one Harry Potter professor who tells Tom Riddle about that secret spell. Speaking of Harry Potter, do you know else is in that movie? Draco Malfoy! Or, rather, Tom Felton. Anyway, The Secret World of Arrietty is the Japanese version of that movie. It is made by, Studio Gibli, the same people who did Spirited Away (among other really great movies).
The story is about these two-inch-tall people called Borrowers. They…
( C- ) This movie was insteresting but japanimation has never really been my thing. Funny moments just come of creepy & emotional moments, however slight, seem like the end of the world. The ending was sad & touching but I feel like the whole thing would've worked a lot better as a 20 minute short film.
This Hiromasa film actually captures your atenttion.
A tiny teenager and ger family live under humans house floor and survive borrowing items from humans.
With a artistic animation this movie is for all ages and for all it may be fun.
The feelings are so well made that you forget who you are and just daze of into the film like if you were part of the animation.
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