The Secret World of Arrietty Reviews
This is a story ultimately about friendship which is shown really well here. All the moments between Arriety and Sho are very touching as they get to know each other. Arriety is initially hesitant but curious about Sho, and gradually as she learns more about him they get closer together and begin to trust each other.
The characters are very likeable and relatable, although could have been explored more. Arriety is a fantastic lead character, she's a highly energetic teenager who's excited and curious about exploring the house she lives in. However this often leads to trouble, there's a moment where she feels guilty about what she's done, there's a really touching moment when she cries herself to sleep. However Arriety's vulnerable side isn't shown very often and it would of been nice this more. Sho is quite pessimistic. There's a very emotional moment when he explains to Arrietty his viewpoint in life while they are outside, it's really heartbreaking to see him like this was a very emotional moment. Although it would of been nice to learn more about Sho and his problems. Arriety's parents are likeable and act like real parents, Arrietty's mum is constantly worried about her, while her father is very quiet and logical. Unfortunately Haru the housekeeper is a really poorly developed character. She is constantly trying to trap the Borrowers, but her motives are unknown and this makes her very unlikeable and unrelatable.
The story is simple but effective. It starts out with Arriety exploring the house more, which leads to the main problem later on. The story is easy to understand and certainly has some exciting moments during the action sequences.
The animation is fantastic, the characters and backgrounds, especially inside the house and outside were really detailed. Especially during Arriety's first trip to the house with her father was fantastic. The shots made simple household objects look like a massive landscape, like a kitchen bench looking like a cliff.
This is a simple story about friendship which is definitely worth seeing, although Arriety's and Sho's personal struggles could have been explored more.
Such a meditative and beautiful movie. I want to know more about Sean's backstory of why he's getting surgery and what happened to him. The amount of detail in that doll house. It almost seems like royalty would live in that house, like a king or a monarch. So interesting to see how different Spiller lives his life as opposed to how Arrietty and her family lives.
That Aunt Hara even though somewhat evil, is really clumsy and funny. The cat, Nina, is actually not that bad. It got really sentimental at the end, almost teared up.
Overall, really pretty movie with beautiful colors and animation and a wonderful story to boot.
Music: 10/10 The score is absolutely charming and inspiring.
Animation: 10/10 So much detail in every scene with the colors, shades, house details, garden details. Really beautiful
Characters: Every character is likeable and relatable and there is growth in every character in the movie.
Plot: The plot is a little slow at first, however, I think it is to show what it is like being a little person and what their day to day lives look like. There is so much creativity put into the life of a little person by the creators. However, after the first hour or so of the movie it picks up at the end with more action.
I give this movie a 5 out of 5 because it is without a doubt creative, inspirational, and leaves that warm fuzzy feeling with the audience from the beginning to end. It also has a really great hidden meaning to the film as well, being that people should fight until the end and not give up on life because survival is important for those who surround you.
This time it's country side Japan & a terrific story of a young man struggling with his health.
Not a major eventful film the strength of it relies in its simplicity & gentle approach. A nice film that captures the interesting story of this little people.
- Good Voice Acting (for the most part)
- Fantastic Animation
- Terrific Script
- Amazing Music
- Great Characters
- Very Interesting and Creative Concept
- Very Well Directed
- Much Like Studio Ghibli's Other Films, It Is Very Sophisticated Compared To Other Animated Children's Films
- Funny At Times
- Some Of The Voice Acting Can Be A Little Bit Weak (particularly David Henrie as Shawn)
Overall Grade: A (9.5/10)
if this was from 0 to 10
I would give it a 6