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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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Wonderful Japanese adaptation of the Borrowers. Art style is out of this world.
Me ha encantado y no solo porque se trata de anime sino tambien porque emana una sensibilidad única.
Si bien es algo triste y muestra soledad en mas de un sentido: un niño enfermo pero que entiende la necesidad de sobrevivir y luego de conocer a, quizas, la última de los "diminutos", valora y ve la vida con otros ojos.
Tiene que ver también con la necesidad de seguir perteneciendo a este mundo, de sobrevivir como especie mientras se pueda.
Y, como no, la entrañable amistad que nace entre seres diferentes...
While generally recognized as a good film, this seems to get less acclaim as, say, Spirited Away, which is hailed as a triumph of visual imagination. Watching it again as part of the month-long Studio Ghibli film festival in local theatres helped me appreciate just how imaginative this film is as well. But you almost need to pause it on occasion to really appreciate that this film is just as much of an imaginative feat. This is obvious in some ways, in the beauty of the dollhouse, in the showcased creative uses of little trash the Borrowers find, but also subtle. Details never in focus fill the household. The face of a watch hanging on the wall as a clock,…
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One of many reasons why I love Studio Ghibli. Arrietty is so good, the characters are well built & the story is great. It could not be rated less than 5 stars.
its quite clear that a lot of thought was put into certain aspects, and for that, the team behind it have nothing but my respect, but there were still a few things that left me asking, wanting for more, and feeling like there were pieces missing
This was the last of the big Studio Ghibli movies that I hadn't yet gotten around to watching. I loved how naturally this British tale fitted into a rural Japanese setting, and the art was magnificent. Shō, the boy, didn't really work fro me though. They've made him older than the 10 year old boy in the book and giving him a heart condition on the verge of a life threatening surgery.
The most memorable scene from the book was a conversation where Arriety is unable to convince the boy that there must be more Borrowers in the world than Human Beans. How could there possibly be space for many of them? Here, that becomes a kind of callous explanation…
The attention to detail in this film is extraordinary.
Studio Ghibli in the 2000s/10s is a lot like Disney Animation in the 1960s/70s, in that, even when they don't swing for the fences, their movies are reliably infused with a moody, imperscrutable magic that I'm personally defenseless against. It has something to do with the careful world-building, but it's not just that; there were plenty of mundane scenes in The Secret World of Arrietty that transfixed me as much as the fantasy ones. Quality animation can really be a fantastic thing.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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