Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service ★★★½

KIKI'S is a joyous little film. I saw it few weeks ago--just logging it now.

It's incredibly spirited and always sweet. Kiki the witch manages to be sweet child character that doesn't annoy. For the longest time nothing in KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE to make it stand out of the Ghibli pack. However, when Kiki starts losing her witch powers--particularly her ability to have conversations with her cat--you can tell something greater is at play. Kiki's loss is not merely a plot device. It is part maturing. You quite simply lose stuff as you move from one chapter of life to the next. This may be one of Miyazaki's lightest, fluffiest films, but it is still very in tune with how kids think and what they aspire to.

B+

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