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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…
Disney claims to have magic; they can enchant child and adult alike. What they really have, though, is a magicians’ bag of expertly crafted tricks. Studio Ghibli has real magic.
Even without Miyazaki at the helm, first time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi carries the Ghibli DNA and makes real magic.
Some of their most powerful magic is realizing characters, both children and adults alike, that are so plausibly authentic that you effortlessly slip into the world they inhabit. The stories are inevitably from the point of view of the children, but the adults are never props; they are fully realized and they are drawn as our child protagonist would see them.
It’s also magic how Ghibli’s artists can create such achingly…
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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.
Delightful Studio Ghibli film. Captures the beauty in the barely there. As always, the English dub is perfect, though it might be the most restrained Will Arnett has ever been.
I like the title of the movie, because 'Secret World' implies a world of wonder and fascination and that's exactly what we're given. The world of the borrowers lies within our own, but it's filled with so much imagination and care and also empathy and admiration for the characters in it. It's such a fully realized world that I would have happily watched the family perform the most mundane of tasks over the course of the movie. We're treated to something a little more special than that, of course.
Arietty is a great protagonist, like many of the young Ghibli protagonists. She's a dreamer and a determined young woman. The boy she befriends plays an essential role in her growth…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I guess I have to be the bad guy here. The Secret World of Arrietty, based on the the book The Borrowers, is not a good movie. Even setting aside the fact that I might be unfairly judging it due to it being Ghibli, I could not ignore all the plot issues and things that just didn't make sense. And I know I know, it's a relaxed little story and I shouldn't think about it too hard. So I gave it an extra half-star to make up for how nit-picky I'm about to get.
First, how did Shou know where the Borrowers' house was when he violently replaced their kitchen? Shou had only seen Arrietty; he had never actually seen…
Take one story (The Borrowers - Mary Norton) I grew up adoring as a child, let Studio Ghibli apply a gentle, warm-hearted whimsy they way only they can do, interweaving soft voices and tender musical scores as they go, and what do you get?
One heck of a sleeping pill is what you get.
PLEASE do not misunderstand me. This is in no way a slow, boring, or unengaging movie. I simply fall asleep every time I put it on like I've been drugged. To be fair, I have trouble watching even most ultraviolent films in Japanese without falling asleep, it's something about the voices and the language that does it. However, add to that what is one of the…
After years of 'Rescue Rangers' and 'The Littles', I'm pretty much in the bag anytime tiny characters use spools of thread as tables or spoons as catapults. I like my Miyazaki a tad more adventurous but the relaxed, careful pace and tone here was a nice breather from manic energy of everything else out there.
Although I have no great interest in animation, I have a soft spot for the Ghibli films. I saw a number of them with my younger son as they came out and caught up with older ones with him on DVD or as they came up on TV. But Ponyo was the last one we saw at the cinema. However, I had recorded this recently and a couple of evenings ago I was home with my son and suggested watching it. He seemed to like it more than I did, but he seems to like the cuter Ghibli films more than I do. For me this was a bit too Disney, a bit too cute. Based on Mary Norton’s The…
not exactly a children's movie... its a bit slow to capture a child's attention... although the imagination aspect might do the trick.
i enjoyed it though... loved the ending so much.
it was really cute im sad
so weird and cute i love this movie
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