James' Review of Spirited Away
I had one of the greatest movie watching experiences ever upon watching Spirited Away. It starts off with a normal kind of mood, but than the movie surprises you in the most unexpected way as the story takes quite a turn in its events and director Hayao Miyazaki immerses you into this kind of visionary world that appears strange, yet different and interesting at first. But as the movie progresses and you see more of this world created within the movie, you begin to adjust to it and realize how breathtaking and beautiful everything is, from the engaging story to the creative characters to the settings. And how could I forget the beautiful animation, which is some of the best I've ever seen in any animation film.
I know many people aren't a fan of the English dub, but I watched it with the dub and thought it was great anyways. I don't know how it compares to the Japanese language, but I thought the voices were fine, especially Daveigh Chase who I thought did a great job voicing Chihero and making her such a likable character.
The movie makes you happy and entertained at times, and sad and sympathetic at other times; just a perfect balance of each to keep you immersed with the film. I just found everything likable and by the end, my impression of the film certainly wasn't the same as it was when I had begun watching it. I was astonished and amazed at what I had just seen. This is no doubt one of the greatest animated films ever made! I highly recommend this, even if you may not be a big fan of Japanese anime, and I hope anyone that watches it enjoys it as much as I did, or just enjoys it period!