Spirited Away (2001)
PG-Rated | Duration: 2h 05min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, gets trapped in a peculiar world of spirits. There, she witnesses her parent undergo a terrifying transformation and she must use all her wit and courage to save them.
Stars: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, Bunta Sugawara
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Review: A sophisticated and lush Alice in Wonderland for modern times, Miyazaki’s hyper-detailed art elevates Spirited Away’s simple lessons into a masterpiece.
Spirited Away is an unusual coming of age story. The film follows Chihiro, as her family moves to the suburbs. They accidentally wander into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits. Chihiro sees her parents turn into animals and she must find a way to rescue them. Initially, she is just a frightened and confused child, but at the end of the movie, she has become a confident and brave young woman.
Spirited Away is widely considered Studio Ghibli‘s greatest masterpiece. The worldbuilding is unique and spectacular. The film, similarly to other Hayao Miyazaki’s movies, portrays its themes masterfully, through vibrant 2D animation.
Hayao Miyazaki is now among the greatest storytellers. He creates this bizarre and colorful world where the protagonist goes through a terrifying experience and has to face her fears and grow. The film is full of recurrent themes, allegories, and fascinating characters. We experience it all through the eyes of a child, and in this way, the film manages to retain a sense of innocence and wonder. As a result, we lose ourselves in this world, but still, come out of it wondering about its meaning in the real world.
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