Arrietty(Bridgit Mendler) is a borrower, living with her paranoid mother(Amy Poehler) and adventurous father(Will Arnett). They live in a house within a house with beans(their word for human beings). When Arrietty is accidentally seen by the new arrival, Shawn(David Henrie), their family has to act quick to escape the meddling housekeeper!
If you're not already aware, Studio Ghibli films are freakin' gorgeous and The Secret World of Arrietty is no exception. It's just the kind of movie that makes me froth at the mouth in exhilaration, something that is frowned upon in most theaters. I am so elated that there are still animated films being made like this, in which every frame looks like a living painting. There's so much intricate detail in every shot!
I'm also in love with how much effort they put into building the world. I can't say it feels realsitc(they have bugs with googly eyes after all) but it's a world that makes sense. When it rains on the borrowers, great big drops form on them that they brush off. Water to them is handled in droplets, as in they don't just take a regular teapot and scale it down, they actually think about how a teapot of that size would opperate. And then there's all the little contrapions they use! Spring loaded pulley systems, double sided tape as climbing tools, woven clothes they use to fly throguh the air, it's magical. You can tell how much work they put in to building an enjoyable world.
|Will Arnett can act straight!|
This also gets put on my list of movies of WHY THE HELL IS THIS NOT A VIDEOGAME YET?! It feels like the perfect environment to play through, especially the world they built and some of the included
It was a nice little story, and it hit all the high points of sadness, fun, and joy, a wide range of emotions that made for an entertaining movie expierience. The only aspect I didn't like was the housekeeper. I can't understand why she is so evil, and what her motivation for being the villain is. It isn't really established well in the beginning, so it feels as though she just decides to be evil for no reason. And there were other people who said they beleived in "the little people", so I don't even understand why she was hung up with that either. But this is only a minor annoyance.
THE GOOD: AAAAAAHHHHH SO BEAUTIFUL, cute characters, nice story, great world they built, nice soundtrack.
THE BAD: Couldn't understand the housekeeper's motivations
THE VERDICT: Go see it! Even if you don't have a small child to take, it's still the best animated film out there right now(you heard me LORAX).
MOVIES LIKE IT: The Borrowers, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicca
ONE-SCENE METAPHOR: Arrietty climbing up the side of the house. Beautifully animated, interesting how she gets up there, and funny interacting with a fluffy cat and an angry crow.