January 16th, 2012
The Secret World of Arrietty
Directed by HIROMASA YONEBAYASHI & GARY RYDSTROM
Written by MARY NORTON & HAYAO MIYAZAKI
Another Miyazaki film is coming to the states this February called The Secret World of Arrietty. The Castle of Cagliostro and Laputa are my favorites of his. Although this was better than his last, Ponyo, it was rather disappointing.
The story is based on a book so I can’t fault Miyazaki too much but the pace and lack of conflict doesn’t draw the compassion needed to make one feel for Arrietty, the protagonist. The Secret World of Arrietty carries all the great style and sound design of all the past Studio Ghibli films but leaves me dissatisfied. Miyazaki didn’t direct the film. He only wrote it. That’s probably why this film didn’t work. However, I’d easily show the film to my kid. I just won’t spend any money on it.