Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Arrietty: 8/10

Release Date: 29th July 2011
Length: 1 hour 34 minutes
Rating: U

Arrietty is a Studio Ghibli film, written by Hayao Miyazaki of such films as "Spirited Away", "Porco Rosso" and "Howl's Moving Castle". It is based on the book "The Borrowers".

Arrietty is a tiny 14-year-old girl who lives with her parents, Pod and Homily, beneath the floorboards of Sho's house. They are "Borrowers", and as such the girl's father, Pod, undertakes regular missions around the gargantuan house to collect necessities, such as tissue, sugar and the occasional useful knick-knack.

When it is time for Arrietty to start joining her father on these missions, she is both excited and wary, as she is constantly warned by her mother Homily to be careful and go unseen by the human "beans" (a clever reference, I think, to the BFG here). When she is seen by Sho, her whole world is turned upside down and she must make sure her family remains as secure as ever beneath those floorboards.

Having not read "The Borrowers", and it having been a good 18 years since I watched the film, I don't have a direct link for comparison with the idea of the original story: however, I know that there are a lot of angles in the film that are the same and although they have possibly changed a few names in the film, the basic idea is still there.

I enjoyed the film thoroughly, as with all Studio Ghibli films, and would happily watch it again. It's suitable for the whole family and the artistry used in this film as with any Studio Ghibli film is fantastic. Saoirse Ronan has really come into her own and is a great actress. 8/10 from me!

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