By: Studio Ghibli
NA Distribution: Disney Studios
Screenplay by: Hayao Miyazaki
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Length: 94 Minutes
|Arrietty and her mother|
|Look at the detail|
The film’s strong point is the soundtrack, which is one of the best soundtracks in quite some time. French composer Cecile Corbel, a huge Studio Ghibli fan, composed the music for The Secret World of Arrietty. The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of Celtic music and vocals, and it creates an almost ethereal feel to the movie. There is a strong sense of love from the soundtrack, and every single song fits each scene so perfectly. I have to say it; the soundtrack for the movie is incredible and is easily one of the best soundtracks you will hear in any movie this year, anime or otherwise. The soundtrack is a perfect complement to a wonderful movie.
The movie is a great film that explores a variety of themes and never gets preachy. Arrietty moves around her world and has a strong mistrust of humans due to the stories she is told. Yet, she challenges the assumptions of her parents, she rebels against them and she want to talk to Shawn. She learns the consequences of her actions, yet she also creates a friendship and expands her world. Shawn himself is in the care of his aunt because his parents are too busy to care for him. He has a rather nihilistic view of the world due to his impending death. Arrietty, who loves her life chides him for such a negative view of the world, and the friendship they share they start changing.
|Arrietty and Shawn|
The Secret World of Arriety is an incredible Studio Ghibli film and it wears the badge proudly. It is an uncompromising tale that explores the adventures of the borrowers as they try to live in our world. The sense of detail and the care taken to create the world is lovingly rendered in each frame of animation. This movie has one of the most wonderful soundtracks this year, it is a Celtic soundtrack that increases the immersion of the audience and it invites us to the wonderful and terrifying world of Arrietty. As amazing as the film is, the film has one mistake and that it is too short, and that additional screen time would have increased the immersion and fleshed out this amazing world. This film is a masterpiece, this film has to be seen and experienced in the movie theaters. Disney pushed this movie like crazy, and I hope it succeeds since it is an amazing experience that focuses on character and story without compromise.
Kris Zoleta started working in Anime Expo as a staffer in Manga Library. He worked in Staff Service in Anime Expo 2006 and became the manager of Manga Lounge from Anime Expo 2007-2010. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the 501(c)(6) non-profit behind Anime Expo and is one of the most recognized cosplay photographers in the West Coast.
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