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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…
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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If you compare this film to the rest of the Ghibli repertoire, it will naturally feel like it falls a little short of something that is actually great. But I watched this without thinking of its cousins and I really, really enjoyed it. There are some parts, particularly towards the end of the film, that are pretty cheesy. But I just love how Studio Ghibli portrays young, teenage girls. It's never a big deal that they are fearless yet full of so much heart and warmth. It's never a big deal that they have platonic friendships with males. Disney gives us princesses that need a man to save them. Ghibli gives us characters whose role in society, or even in…
A necessary Ghibli release to prove to audiences that the impeccably detailed imagination of the famous animation studio is not entirely dependent on the works of Miyazaki and Takahata, but there are very talented minds creating new worlds for worldwide audiences to see and embrace... regardless of the people's size.
Even if by no means this is one of the best feature film projects by Ghibli, it easily ranks as arguably the second best animated feature of 2010 thanks to a heartwarming story, realistic in the mature portrayal of the thematic elements regardless if it is a fantasy story, a gorgeous soundtrack and a high attention to the visual detail of the landscapes, the sounds and the proportions of the…
Oh god. My heart can't take it. Snowman and The Snowdog. Return of the King. Up. Now this. Is there any reason why the Christmas television line-up is doing everything it can to empty my tissue box?
Arrietty is an absolute treat. The visuals and animation are so organic, so fluid and weighty that you could bite every frame and still ask for more. Coupled with that, the sound is crisp and satisfying, making it obvious that director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has paid strict attention to every detail. This is the adaptation that The Borrowers DESERVED, and it's been a long time coming. The sense of scale you get from the 'little' things- like the texture of tape and the surface…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 110 out of 700
After watching "The Wind Rises" and being extremely disappointed I felt the need to watch a Studio Ghibli film that gave me the same feeling that "Kik's Delivery Service" and "My Neighbor Totoro" did when I was a kid.
This film doesn't deliver all of that magic that those other two films gave me but it reminded me that I can go along with the story of a Ghibli film while also adoring the animation. The best thing about Studio Ghibli films is that they don't need to be animated. What I mean by that is more of the films…
A cute picture, but nothing groundbreaking. The animation is gorgeous a la Ghibli, so that's always a plus. The plot is based on a novel, and I'm always weary of interpretations, but it translates well enough into film.
It is startling to watch the latest import from Studio Ghibli in an American multiplex. Prior to the feature, one is bombarded with trailer after trailer of children’s fare, often riddled with the same lame jokes, pop culture references, and a homogenized style of computer animation. Conversely, the calm serenity with which fantasy is treated in Ghibli’s best work – take, for instance, that magical sequence when Totoro appears at the bus station – sets an enchanting pace that caters to the imaginations of the young and the old alike. While The Secret World of Arrietty was not directed by Hayao Miyazaki – the masterful storyteller of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke – veteran animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s first effort is…
I was offended by the Disney English dubbing. During a conversation between Sho and Arrietty, in Japanese and in the English subtitles, the characters discuss the extinction of animal species and the changing of the environment due to human over population. In the English dub, this conversation is replaced with a discussion about the characters' feelings upon meeting one another. Not the same, not even excusable as a well-meaning but botched translation.
Beautiful to look at, horrible to watch. The pacing of this movie is atrociously slow while and its story extremely basic and uninteresting.
Mooie film, erg mooi geanimeerd. Hoewel het in een 'normale wereld' afspeelt komt het toch over als een magische omgeving. Het eind dat ik de hele film dacht aan te voelen komen, werd het dus niet. Mooi hoe studio Ghibli een dubbel gevoel mee geeft aan eind van film.
Incredibly detailed, nice looking non 3D animation with a well developed, child friendly story line.
Love the fact that my small daughter loves it.
Twee, bland, a big Ghibli misfire. The story's typical enough to be stale, yet atypical enough to still be draggy and weird and boring. The tone is just as twee as the tinkly little folk tunes throughout (flute, harp, fiddle) from passable Breton singer Cécile Corbel. The US dub is as mediocre as dubs usually are, but the famous names in it -- Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett -- sound unusually coarse and dumb. PONYO and the previous Ghibli films were nice, but ARRIETTY is pretty bad.
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
- Spirited Away
- Whisper of the Heart
- From Up on Poppy Hill
- Howl's Moving Castle
Well since I don't think there is a comprehensive list of anime films in letterboxd and I love them so…
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Castle in the Sky
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Porco Rosso
I'm rather shocked I haven't compiled a list like this already. Before people complain about the lowly rating of Spirited…