This is no Hollywood fairy tale.
I admire John Lasseter for getting behind Studio Ghibli's output and not letting these films become Americanized. They are quirky and mysterious and beautiful, often equally grounded between European and Japanese folklore, stealing cultural elements from both.
Miyazaki has a number of tropes that he likes to lean on: physical changes, witchcraft, rain, umbrellas, warty grandmothers, transport and a theme of remembering who you are. These are all present in Spirited Away in abundance.…
Excellent drama. Tense, threatening and populated with a convincing cast. Winter's Bone tells the story of a teenager struggling to care for her family and finding her home under threat of repossession after her father skips bail.
Backed into a corner, she has no choice but to pursue the truth, whatever it might turn out to be.