Spirited Away- A Movie Review

This post is unlike anything I have ever written in the past…a movie review!

And not just any movie review. I am pleased to present one of my all-time favorites.

Spirited Away is a 2001 animated screenplay directed, written, and illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki, an incredibly talented Japanese artist. He has created dozens of beautifully illustrated anime films conveying amazing messages behind a viewing pleasure.

The movie is a portrayal of the world unlike any other imaginable.
A young girl named Chihiro takes viewers through what

seems like a typical day in her life, but becomes an image

unpredictable and truly fantastic journey.

The symbolism in this movie especially hooked me. Symbolic elements woven throughout are mystifying and encourage that “step back” after the movie is over to connect all the details portrayed.

Even though this seems to be a film oriented towards a younger viewing audience, I think adults would equally enjoy it (and possibly pick up more of the hidden themes kids wouldn’t).

The animated movie brings viewers of all ages into a seemingly magical world of spirits and strange looking characters who uncover their perplexing world to the confused and gullible Chihiro.

The journey begins with a family trip that took a wrong turn, leading Chihiro and her parents into a wooded area they found themselves lost in. Decided to venture into the strangely beautiful site, they discovered tunnels and valleys leading to the abandoned town that would become the focal point of the film.

A brief synopsis of the movie explains the plot further: “In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.”

I have seen the movie around three or four times and I am more than willing to watch it over- that’s how incredible it is! Each time you watch the same screenplay, new details are noticed and it is ever so interesting to watch.

Spirited Away is very highly rated by movie critics, so it certainly will not fail to impress you! Whether you watch the movie alone or in the company of friends or family, you will be carried into a strange world that will have you entangled in suspense as much as the main character herself.

Thrilling, comedic, and magical with a powerful, spiritual kick, this animated feature of the century will remain in your mind even after it’s over.



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