|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, Children, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, World Cinema|
|Original title||Kari-gurashi no Arietti|
|Collections:||FILMCLUB Recommends..., January - LOVEFiLM Picks|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Jan 2012|
By Tegan Kniveton from LOVEFiLM
The latest Studio Ghibli film is an adaptation of Mary Norton?s The Borrowers.
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Like a slow boat ride down a river on a sunny day...lovelyBy VelvetBullit (1 review) , 16 Jul 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a gentle lovely film for adults and children alike. Based on The Borrowers (tiny people who live hidden in houses of big people) by Mary Norton, it concentrates on Arrietty, the young daughter of the borrower family. Lovely animation, with a great attention to detail, the plants and flowers were especially good. I really enjoyed this film, saw the subtitled version, although its now available dubbed.
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Stunning animation, Ghibli are on top form!By bolt7 (5 reviews) from Bolton , 11 May 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Once again, Ghibli prove they go unmatched in animation. There are just no words to describe how beautiful the backgrounds are. The amount of detail is astounding, from running water to leaves swaying in the wind. Not only this, the characters, story and music compliment the animation perfectly.
While it could be considered a little slowly paced, as with many other Ghibli films the story is charming and the setting is picturesque. There are no bad characters of sort and there isnt much action; dont go into it expecting an epic adventure. That aside, the story is charming enough to keep you interested up until the end. I got most of my enjoyment from the film just by watching Arrietty and her family traverse through the humans world.
If youre a fan of animation, its worth watching Arrietty for the backgrounds alone. Fortunately, the story is great and youre bound to fall in love with the characters. Definitely one of the better Ghibli movies!
Ghibli does it again!By dondons1987 (8 reviews) from Wirral , 10 May 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I love every aspect of this movie. Stunning visuals to get lost in, Super soundtrack which fits the atmosphere beautifully and adorable characters to fall in love with. The only downside I could find was that When I watched the film in Japanese then in English I was disappointed to find the English voice acting wasn't as strong as the Japanese and because of this the Father character wasn't as deep and became rather dull. Just goes to show that watching world cinema in it's original form can pay off from time to time.
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Great, kids loved it!By Nelson125 (4 reviews) from Norfolk , 02 May 2012Another fantastic studio ghibli film. I loved the atmosphere as usual. Whilst not my full cup of tea, my 5yr old & 3 yr old absolutely loved it, and now their favourite film. Forget Disney, this is way better.
I'm definitely going to buy the film now.
Visuals 5 Stars, Story 1 StarBy Samoza (231 reviews) from Reading , 30 Apr 2012The Borrowers is a classic British tale about tiny people that live in our homes borrowing things to survive. Arrietty represents Studio Ghiblis take on the novel and it is not the first time they have adapted Brit fiction into film, see Howls Moving Castle. Whilst Howl was a visual feast with plenty of odd antics, Arrietty' is somewhat of a feast, but you cant quite help still feeling hungry afterwards.
Arrietty' follows the premise of the original text closely, but moves the action to Japan. Visually the film is fantastic; the hand drawings are spectacular and look even better in crystal clear high definition. However, the rest of the film is nowhere near as comparable to the look of the film. The storyline is stripped back to an almost non-existent state not much happens and when it does it is all over too fast. It is like Ghibli had some ideas for stunning set pieces in mind, but did not actually want a story to link them. The voice acting is also a little bland, common for Ghibli films, but more so than ever here with Mark Strong being particularly bad (usually a very good actor). Finally, the character of Haru seems bizarre. Whilst most retellings of The Borrowers have a bad guy after the little people for potential profit, in Arrietty' Haru is just plain mental and has no real motive.
By the end you realize that Arrietty' is the film equivalent of a soufflé, all fur coat and no storyline. It passes the time merely as an exercise in beautiful aesthetics, but from a studio that usually provides great heart as well, Arrietty' just feels dull. This film is worth watching for fans of the studio as there is enough to look at to keep you interested, but younger children may not be quite as spellbound with the slow story and dull voice work.
There are a couple of extras on the BluRay, some showing the US/UK rerecording of voice work, whilst other subtitled from the original Japanese. As mentioned the animation is wonderful and does look better in HD.
Very Nearly BrilliantBy MisterLooKass (2 reviews) from Plymouth , 29 Apr 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThere is not much wrong with this film at all. The animation is, of course, stunning, and I'd expect no less from Studio Ghibli. But two things let it down, and unfortunately they are pretty major things!
1. The weird panning motion they've adopted. Its sort of like panning through a fisheye, it goes all wobbly at the sides, and is very distracting and disorientating. Honestly, it ruined the otherwise flawless visual language of the film, and I have no idea why it wasn't just panned normally.
2. The ending. This is why I ticked the spoilers box. I'm not going to actually SAY what happens, but I will say that for all the build up of characters and plot, the ending was kind of an anticlimax. Its almost as if they ended it this way to 'go against the predictable', but the result was puerile and unsatisfying. Whether predictable or not, the outcome that all the signs pointed to would have left a far better taste in my mouth than the boring and odd one that was chosen. And any character development that occurred was poured right down the drain because of it.
I'd still recommend it, as the film is great right up until that point. Infact, I'd advise turning it off 10 minutes before the end just so you can imagine the ending you want. Because thats what magical, happy films should be about; everything slotting into perfect place and harmony resuming.