Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

I was so excited about The Borrowers while reviewing that film yesterday, so I decided to mention the best adaptation, which is The Secret World of Arrietty. It was co-written by Hayao Miyazaki, who made such classics as My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.  

The best aspect are the stunning visuals. Most of the story takes place in the lush garden of a backyard near where the Clock family lives. It almost looks like a painting in an old art musuem.  Arrietty meets a human boy in the same house, but they cannot be friends because of the danger other humans possess.

Tiny clothes hanging out to dry!

In the end, the Clock family is forced to make their escape to the harsh outside world, where they hope to meet other Borrowers and share a sense of community. The same way the shrinking man escaped to the outside world, wondering if there were others like him.  I'm giving the movie a 9/10 for incredibly beautiful scenery, animation and story.

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