I’ve got something new for you today, dear readers! No baking, no cooking..no food (for once! haha). I’m going to share with you a fantastic movie I watched last month (I think it was last month) with my brother GC.
I very rarely go to the movies. Like, so rare that when I told my boyfriend JS I was going to watch a movie, he was actually puzzled and surprised…haha. It’s not that I don’t LIKE going, it’s just that there are few movies with plots that really entice me to pay to see.
Anyway, so the movie I went to see is Arrietty, or Karigurashi no Arrietty, a Japanese animation released by Studio Ghibli and written by Miyazaki Hayao (of Spirited Away, Mononoke Hime, and so on). Has anyone heard of/seen it before? I was lucky enough to catch a session at the Luna Outdoor theatre in Leederville as part of a film festival or something. The best thing is that it was Japanese audio with English subs – none of that horrible English dubbing that just makes one cringe ><!
I have come to enjoy and appreciate animations by Miyazaki Hayao more and more now. The first one I saw was Spirited Away years ago and I remember thinking it was super-weird and I didn’t really understand it. But now, it’s a totally different feeling – the films are aesthetically beautiful, the soundtracks are amazing, and there is always an underlying moral to the film. What I like is that it really gets you, the viewer, thinking about the issues presented and it lets you make your own interpretations too. Arrietty was no different. It was fantastic! I enjoyed the film so much that it’s actually one of my favourite ones by Studio Ghibli.
I won’t go into too much detail about the plot because I don’t intend to comprehensively review the movie, just sharing my thoughts and how much I enjoyed it. If you want to read more about the plot, you can head here.
The story, in my opinion, is simple. It follows Arrietty and her family, who are borrowers living under the floorboards of a typical household. They borrow all sorts of common household items such as sugar and tissue paper which are of gigantic size to them since they are only really the size of your thumb. Arrietty meets Sho, who is human, and what follows is a tale of their friendship and survival as the film progresses.
This is seriously a very good movie. It’s so simple, yet the message I got from it was so strong. Two ‘people’ of completely different worlds forming a friendship, and giving each other the courage to fight to survive. While the storyline is a lot simpler than other films by Studio Ghibli, it still works, and by no means are any shortcuts taken. As I mentioned earlier, the film is visually beautiful. The detail in the animation is just amazing. You can see every leaf, a grain of sugar, the interior details of the houses and so on. I really wonder how long it takes to produce one of these animations. The soundtrack is SO GOOD as well! The main theme (which you can hear from the clip) is soothing , yet powerful. I kept youtubing the theme for days after I watched the movie! haha.
Highly recommended film, and definitely one I want to buy for the DVD collection. Kids and adults will both enjoy this – there were lots of kids when I went to see it.
Thanks for reading!! ^^ Let me know what you think of the movie if you’ve seen it =)
Enjoy the rest of the week!