Review : Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Studio Ghibli Studio Kiki's Delivery ServiceThere are many types of films that I like and I love to go back and see ones I have seen before. Of those that I never mind seeing again and again is that of Kiki’s Delivery Service from Studio Ghibli. It is an Japanese animated fantasy film produced, written, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki really knows how to inspire an audience to get fully invested and involved with a film, even if I didn’t like Lupin The Third. He is truly a master of animation and does things more by hand then by computer production. His attention to detail is what truly brings his films alive.

If you are a serious viewer of anime and not just in it for the bangs and gore, which this film has none, then you are going to fall in love with this film every time you see it. Even those that are not into this kind of film will love it and be drawn into it and want to see more and more as Kiki learns how to be a witch. You will laugh, you will cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. This film touches on almost all of the emotions and will have you feeling every single one of them deep down in your soul. This film is just that darned good.

Once you have seen this film you will know why Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki are truly masters of the animated film. I want to thank Disney Presents for distributing this and other of the studios film. Once you watch one of them you will want to find all of them so you can watch them over again and again. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film that you will never want to get rid of or sell off as you will want to watch it again and again.

Edited 04-15-2011 : This film is very special indeed and deserves more then what is written here. This film will touch your heart no matter how young or old you might be. Heck, I started to cry just collecting the screenshots for you. This film is full of discovery and just how joyful and sad it can be as a child is growing up. Anyone who sees this film is going to find something in it that is going to touch them and stay with them for the rest of their lives. The way Miyazaki is able to bring life to his character is simpley amazing in all the films that he makes and this one is no different.

Travel with Kiki as she learns just what it means to not only be a witch but to also how to have friends and be friends with them. She has been sheltered all her life and now that she is on her own with just Jiji as her companion familiar cat. He is always trying to give her advice but she is always just doing her own thing and neither of them is getting any of it right. He is cautious and she is out to prove that she can make it on her own. We get to see all the mistakes she makes and how they actually help her to become more mature and independent as the film progresses. You don’t see it right away, it is not some spectacular revelation, but it is there and it grows on you.

The most beautiful part of the film is the rescue and how she finds it in herself to succeed. Those few minutes of film will make you catch your breath and your heart cry out for the girl Kiki and the witch that she can be. Just her one word in that scene can bring you to tears and make you cry. I had trouble deciding what screenshots to use and what is here is after I removed 40 of them. This is by far one of the best Studio Ghibli that have been made and it is not even his masterpiece. Congratulations Miyazaki-san, you deserve it.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★★