Anyone seen "The Secret of Arriety" yet? What'd ya think?
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Posted 2/20/12 , edited 2/20/12
So I saw the Secret of Arriety last Friday and I walked into the theater expecting another Ponyo (My apologies to Ponyo fans. I thought it was cute but it ultimately bored the crap out of me.) but since it was an anime movie, I felt committed as an anime fan that I had to go see it, and it was actually way better than I expected it to be. It has been a while since I seen a kids movie that was actually worth watching for myself because nowadays, all kids movies are computer animated and feature lowbrow comedy that most of which would not make me laugh even if I was a kid. The Secret of Arriety if a perfect example of how it is possible for kid's movie to be entertaining for both children and adults. It shows us that not every kid's movie has to be a comedy that all parents have to suffer through. This film is a beautiful fairy tale that features fun adventure, danger, good characters, beautiful art, a good english dub, and present a tremendous emotional quality that you do not see very often in kid's movies. I think it is a wonderful fairy tale that is entertaining for the entire family. I went by myself and still really enjoyed it.

So what did you all think?
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Posted 2/24/12 , edited 2/25/12
I'm sorry to say this (being a big fan of previous Miyazaki films) but although the animation was beautiful-signature Studio Ghilbi the story was just too long and boring. This is the only Miyazaki film I would not watch again.
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Posted 2/25/12 , edited 2/26/12
I agree with what was said above. Beautiful animations, however the story was too bland for my tastes. I think it was so because it was an adaption from the borrowers book instead of something miyazaki himself wrote.
Posted 2/29/12 , edited 2/29/12
I enjoyed every single minute of Ghibli's latest movie release as I'm a big fan of the Mary Norten Borrowers stories anyway, so in a way I kinda knew that I wasn't gonna be dissappointed
Posted 3/2/12 , edited 3/3/12
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Posted 3/6/12 , edited 3/6/12
I saw it opening night with some friends, and it was well worth it. I think the thing I was most impressed by was the accuracy of the environments. As a pest control technician, I've seen the undersides of many houses, and they got that right, down to the ever-present crickets hopping around. And I got a special laugh watching the technicians do their inspection (particularly the younger guy who was kind of following along just looking where the older guy was looking... I've been that guy). And I got a laugh out of my friends when, upon watching the technicians walk away dismayed by the apparently imaginary nature of her pest problem, I remarked, "The sad thing is, that happens in real life."

I loved the animation. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the softer coloring of the feature, and the color saturation of the Pixar trailers that preceded it.

I really enjoyed the slow pace. Near the very beginning of the film, I remember seeing a small detail: a ladybug crawling up a leaf. I thought to myself "the focus will now shift to the ladybug"... and it did. It was very relaxing, and the moments of adventure and tiny tidbits of romance were downright squee-worthy.
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Posted 3/12/12 , edited 3/13/12
I went to this movie with somewhat high expectations. And think that was ultimately my downfall.

I just didnt LIKE this installation from Ghibli. As everyone else said, it has amazing animation, and its own charm...but the charm of tiny people borrowing sugar cubes was cute for about ten minutes. I feel like this movie lacked the magic and story telling that Ghibli is known for.

Take Ponyo for instance- the Little Mermaid has been retold about a billion times over, but the Miyazaki retelling was fresh and enjoyable (not to mention complete CUTE overload) But I feel The Secret World of Arriety really just sat on the story that has already been told, it was a just animated version of the book, with some slight differences, nothing significant. Will I buy the DVD, sure? Im a collector. Will it watched about a billion times like Howl's Moving Castle? Most likely not.
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Posted 3/14/12 , edited 3/15/12
Beautiful animations, however the story was too bland for my tastes.
Posted 3/20/12 , edited 3/21/12

Simple story. Stunning visuals. AAA soundtrack.
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Posted 3/21/12 , edited 3/21/12
I liked it. Sweet and Charming.
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Posted 3/23/12 , edited 3/23/12
It had beautiful artwork and strong music...but I can see where people got bored.

I enjoyed the story but I felt it was 3 different movies - one showing what the "Borrowers" did, the relationship between the 2 main characters and the finale that came on us in a flash.

So much time was spent on the "borrowing" adventure, I think it took from the rest of the film development...even though I did love how it showed just a simple task of retrieving a cube of sugar turns into an adventurous ordeal.

Honestly, it was literally a "slice of life" and I use that as I felt like a watched a 1 week documentary on what happened there...and then the end.
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Posted 3/25/12 , edited 3/25/12
Haven't seen it yet but I really want to, though.
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