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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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Arrietty, a stunningly beautiful retelling of The Borrowers finds adventure in the most unlikely places. A kitchen becomes a canyon to swing through, a sugar cube becomes a treasure chest to haul, a discarded pin becomes a trusty sword.
Coupled with the sublime sound design, the entire world built around the borrowers feels majestic in every way. I don't expect anything less from Ghibli, but I adored every gorgeous second.
The UK dub is better than the US dub. But I would recommend watching it in it's original language.
Embora tenha tido alguma participação como escritor, este filme mostra que o estúdio Ghibli mantem o alto nível mesmo sem Miyazaki na direção. Assim como a Disney, o estúdio Ghibli consegue contar uma história que a primeira impressão parece simples, e cheia de clichês, de uma forma prazerosa de assistir! Uma animação que tem um resultado bom de apreciar, seja sozinho ou em família, adulto ou criança. Uma ventura, riquíssima em detalhes, com personagens cativantes, sempre com uma boa lição por trás. Recomendo!
Simple and beautiful... Another winner from Studio Ghibli.
Having grown up watching the Borrowers with John Goodman, this is the movie that kids should see about the little people that share their home. It just gets right the magic of childhood where new and different things are to be embraced and nurtured rather than feared and crushed out of existence, I absolutely love the way that Ghibli films give my daughter characters to relate to that aren't overly dramatic or defiant (unlike the classic disney movies). I'm excited to revisit it another day.
As with all Ghibli movies, the most effective word to describe this is majestic. I have a really difficult time watching kid friendly movies but Arietty is a captivating and fantastical tale that manages to capture the adult imagination as well as children's. For any fans of eastern or western animation this is a no-brainer. Five sugar cubes out of five.
''visualmente falando'' é excelente
''visualmente falando'' é excelente
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I was completely entranced. Cried at the end
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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