Spirited Away Review


This astonishing Japanese magical and fantasy animated movie will bring you to another world as you will find yourself completely mesmerized in the middle of the film that’s how great the movie is because each time I watch ‘Spirited Away’ it feels as if it’s the first time I’ve seen the film. It’s one of Hayao Miyazaki’s bewildering works and this movie really deserves to be seen by many. He is a famous Japanese director who has appealed a number of audiences and has gained awards and international acclaim as an animator along with the co-founder of his Ghibli studio Isao Takahata. His works was also compared with the other famous animators around the world such as the American Animator Walt Disney and also the British Animator Nick Park this shows his works is also as great as them or probably even better if only you had seen all of his animations you would be thrilled with every story for its unpredictable endings.

I began to realize how remarkable he is as well as a person especially after watching ‘Spirited Away’ and that’s when I realized this movie will be the one I will be carrying and remembering even when I’m  old and wrinkly. The type of movies that you will be carrying in your lifetime. I thought his works deserves to be discovered by millions of people and I thought of how brilliant he is to be imaginative and how did he ponder all of these ideas? Where did it all come from? What had stirred him? Although the movie is indeed similar to Alice in wonderland In my opinion Spirited away would be the better version of it. This movie could be aimed at young children or teenagers but adults will also get a lot from this movie too. It’s about being independent, maturity at a young age and believing in you that anything is possible if you just keep on believing. What struck me the most is Chihiro’s priority to her parents in the film because it made her realize her parent’s importance when she lost them on the film at some point.

Miyazaki’s movie ‘Spirited Away’ is very much similar to the story of Alice in wonderland as Alice falls into a hole and she wakes up in an utterly diverse world. In spirited Away Chihiro along with her family were on their way to their new home as her father takes the wrong direction and without knowing they got into a mystic world. Since her father loved to explore he with his family enters a tunnel which lead to another place but what they didn’t know they have already entered a different world. In there they found restaurant stalls and her parents just rushed for the food and ate like a pig, but Chihiro went her separate ways and found herself in a bathhouse there she meets this boy called Haku who warned her to get themselves out of this place before sunset however when she went back to where her parents were it was already too late. Her parents were already turned into pigs and that’s when the story begins for her. Chihiro’s adventure to a new magical world gave me that WOW feeling and nostalgic feeling of my childhood memories. She’s the type of girl who would take no for an answer for these kinds of adventure which I thought was our similarities probably one of the reasons why I chose this movie in the first place. As the story goes on Chihiro meets numerous people from the bath house of God’s and one of the first she meets is Haku who also have a significant role in the movie for he will be the one helping her get her parents back to their human world. He is the one who will be helping her during her stay in the bath house. But God knows what could happen next? Would our little girl experience her firsts ever puppy love? Hmmm. What could this friendly relationship turn into?

As the story goes on Chihiro learns to love and care for the people in the bathhouse even the people there starts to love her as well for her charismatic and happy go lucky personality that’s why at near end of the story it’s gets harder and harder for them to say their farewells as they have started to care for each other whether they deny it they have become part of each other’s lives. This part of the movie have inspired the fact that I didn’t expect that all those people who have hated and discriminated her, at first, would be the ones rooting for her in the end to have a safe trip back home. The fact that they have supported her onto what she wants even though they wanted her to stay.

The Animation may not be the best quality of all films compared to the films now the fact that it’s quite an old film you will be intrigued by the story plot of this movie. Although it’s an old animation it’s also breath taking because it’s drawings is just very meticulous and detailed especially the backgrounds which are rich in colour and the surrounding in the Animation gives out the feeling of traditional Japanese which is indeed wonderful because it brings you to a different setting and this what makes it different to other animated movies the fact that it will bring you to a different world of animation and a remarkably different setting of story which makes it exceptional to the other Animated movies.

Miyazaki’s spirited away have captured the hearts of many and have won the best-animated feature film over ‘Lilo and Stitch’ and’ Ice age’ not just that but have also won a lot of awards in different award ceremonies. Spirited away has been nominated as well as best foreign film in the year 2002 in the French Academy of Cinema. It was a great achievement for the Studio Ghibli thanks to the animator Hayao Miyazaki that even his masterpiece was rated 5 stars.


Author: littlemissvoyage

20 Years | Made in the Philippines | Raised up in Geordieland.

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