Spirited Away (2003) Review

So this is regarded as one of the best animated films of all time, and is also in a lot of people’s favorite movies of all time lists so I thought it was about time I gave it a go.

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house when her father decides to take a shortcut through a forest. When they get to the edge of the forest they come across a tunnel and decide to go into it and explore a little before going back and trying to find the house. It is when they get through the tunnel and find something to eat that everything changes from Chihiro who is struggling to come to terms with everything that has changed some quickly.

The story is quite good, it has me watching throughout as I didnt want to miss a single thing, which is always a good sign. Chihiro is 10 years old and has to deal with the fact that she can’t see her parents and the only way she will be able to see them again is by listening to advice from a 12 year old boy she has never met before. From start to finish you will find yourself intrigued in what is happening in this new world, which I personally have not seen anything like before.

Now onto the big part, the animation, well it is fucking beauitful. There is so much detail that a lot of the time you just don’t know where to look. The characters themselves have so many thin lines that you can tell just by looking just how hard the animators worked to make each one move correctly. The backgrounds in each and every scene are brilliant, matching perfectly with the aesthetic that the movie is trying to bring to the viewer.

The music is also fantastic, it does the same with its song choices as the background does where it matches what you would want from the movie making the watching just that much more pleasant. 

The voice acting is done greatly as well, Chihiro (Daveigh Chase), Haku (Jason Marsden) and Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette) make the movie come alive. They get the emotion across perfectly, especially when Chihiro is struggling with the new changes in her life, Haku when he is comforting Chihiro. It just makes the movie work really well.

I had always wondered why people got no face tattooed on them and all the time they all just say watch the movie and you will know why, now I know why and I am going to be following the trend and getting it tattooed on me when the tattoo shops open again. This is one of the very few movies where the hype is lived up, there is a reason why it is so many peoples top ten and it probably already has a place in mine.

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