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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.
I have spent some time thinking about this but I can't find…
অনেকদিন ধরে The Secret World of Arrietty দেখতে চাচ্ছিলাম। এই সিনেমা, সেই সিনেমার ফাঁকে কিভাবে জানি দেখা হচ্ছিল না। আর নিয়মিত সপ্তাহে অন্তত একটা অ্যানিমেশন দেখব ঠিক করায় এই সিনেমাটি দেখা হল। লেখার শুরুতে বলে নিতে চাই, এর আগে আমি Studio Ghibli এবং Hayao Miyazaki এর কাজ দেখি নি। এই প্রথম। মাঙ্গা আমায় তেমন টানত না কখনোই। কিন্তু, Collider.com এ এই সিনেমার ট্রেইলার দেখে ঠিক করেছিলাম, দেখব। শেষমেশ দেখা হল। Mary Norton এর The Borrowers অবলম্বনে সিনেমাটির চিত্রনাট্য লিখেছেন মিয়াজাকি নিজেই আর পরিচালক হিসেবে এই ছবির মাধ্যমে আত্নপ্রকাশ করেছে Hiromasa Yonebayashi। সিনেমাটিতে খুদে এক মানবগোষ্ঠীকে দেখানো হয়। তারা নিজেদেরকে Borrowers বলে পরিচয় দেয়। এই নামের কারণ তারা সাধারণ মানুষের কাছ থেকে কৌশলে অতি সামান্য কিছু জিনিশ সংগ্রহ করে জীবিকা নির্বাহ…
Studio Ghibli's worst film. The hand-drawn animation is beautiful, and Hirosama Yonebayashi's direction is impeccable as always, but the use of music is terrible, and the writing by Mary Norton is painfully mediocre at best, even with Hayao Miyazaki's brilliant storyline. 5.5/10. Now that I have seen every Ghibli film once, I can say it is that "Arrietty" is also film by the studio that I would give lower than a 7 or 7.5/10.
I think I find this movie more substantial than a lot of people do. It benefits from associating with the films that came before, to be sure. Studio Ghibli had already explored the basic idea of growing up in the modern world from many different angles. One brief mention of endangered species was all this movie needed to plug into that tradition. The rest is unspoken, the presentation of a world with breathtaking visual and aural perfection. Highlighting just a few choice details -- the weight of a pin, the viscosity of water droplets, the stickiness of tape -- the movie succinctly alters the audience's perspective. The family of "Borrowers" display the fortitude of pioneers, navigating the old house like…
Miyazaki's influence is all over this adaptation of Mary Norton's classic. It's a gorgeous and wonderfully patient film, slow and small in all the best ways. And it's a story very worth telling and a film that gives hope about the future of Japanese animation (despite some computer elements) more so than the middle-of-the-road "From up on Poppy Hill." Hope; until you watch the Blu-ray interviews where Miyazaki rips director Yonebayashi a new one in the most charming and sincere way you can imagine. To western ears and eyes Miyazaki's talk about how little thought was behind Yonebayashi taking over direction and how many flaws the young man still has seems rude. But Miyazaki's harsh honesty, one he tries to…
nicht der beste ghibli, aber wie üblich total schön gemacht, schöne farbe, schöne welt schöne story
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Heartwarming and very sensible movie, it ended with me wanting more, and that doesn't happen every often. Thank god they didn't took a fantastical route.
While not as imaginative (Spirited Away) or as tender (Whisper of the Heart, Kaguya) or as overtly political (Pom Poko) as Ghibli's finest, Arrietty is soft, contemplative, and endearing. The animation is slick, as ever, and the backgrounds look great. The characters are a bit flat, as tends to be the case with digital anime, but it isn't atrocious. My favorite parts about this movie are the first half hour so, where Arrietty and her father explore the house, and the villain, who inexplicably desires to trap and eradicate the little people. Miyazaki and the animators do an effective job of just making you loathe this woman without wishing any harm on her.
This falls somewhere in the middle of Ghibli's output. I liked it much more than I thought I would. It lacks that special Ghibli magic, but it is still very good.
In the end, felt kind of empty, like it was trying too hard to be Ghibli
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