The movie only yesterday was a really good surprise, so I’m slowly watching other studio Ghibli productions. The next on my list was 借りぐらしのアリエッティ, usually titled just Arietty in European languages. Arietty takes an English novel from 1952, the Borrowers, and adapts it to the Japan of 1960. So, a sick child of a divorced couple is sent to this house to get some rest, by chance he meets Arietty, one of the borrowers, one of the small people living in the house.
|Title||Kari-gurashi no Arietti|
|Writers||Mary Norton (novel),
Hayao Miyazaki, and Keiko Niwa (screenplay).
As usual with Ghibli studio movies, the graphics are amazing, the level of detail of the house, the vision from the small people’s perspective is outstanding. The characters are interesting, but I found the story too formulaic and completely predictable (if logic). Each character is bound by the rules of his side, their brief relationship brings destruction and chaos and flight is the only resolution. I suppose this is something to be expected from a British book from the 50’s, but I’m not sure this is the best message for a kids movie.
While this movie is not bad, some parts are actually very nice, it suffers in my opinion of a weak story…