Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service ★★★★★

Kiki: Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I'm trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.

Damn if this film doesn’t grow in resonance every time I watch it. The beautiful thing about Kiki’s Delivery Service is that it surfacially portends to be about nothing specific at all - it’s just a slice of life look at a young witch in training who runs a delivery service. It’s charming, quirky, beautifully drawn, wonderfully scored, and in the forms of Kiki and Jiji has two main characters that are a winning combination of selfless youthful exuberance and curmudgeonly, sarcastic snark. But beneath the surface, there’s so much more to be gleaned from this Ghibli gem. It’s a self-help guide, a reminder that things find a way of working out for the best in the end, a soothing assurance that it’s okay to be unsure of yourself and your path in life so long as you don’t stop believing in yourself altogether. It’s also a nuanced portrait of friendship, of the bonds we form and of how fiercely unique each and every one of those is both to us ourselves and to those we form them with. It’s a touching, evergreen animation that provides as little or as great a level of depth as you bring to it, and it doesn’t criticise you if all you need from it is to see a witch learning how to fly.

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