My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★

It's fascinating how simple yet complex Miyazaki made My Neighbor Totoro. It can be about almost anything and nothing; whatever you wish to draw from it. Miyazaki doesn't shove themes in your face, and no rigid plot structure or antagonists are present. It's just a look into the lives of two sisters and their father while their mother is recovering in a nearby hospital.

The two girls, Satsuki and Mei, are lifelike and endearing. And like real life, there are no immediate threats or danger to escape. They only have a fear of the unknown and Totoro to keep them company. Not only that, but the adults in this film are there to help. Again, no antagonists. Instead, they have each other and their imagination. And they keep these things close as they experience the difficulties of waiting for their mother.

My Neighbor Totoro differs much from what I expected. No, I didn't want a grandiose, larger-than-life epic, but I didn't anticipate to have such a peaceful, wholesome and quiet outlook on everyday life. Things happen, and we see how our characters cope. To me, Totoro is the girls' coping mechanism. But it doesn't matter what I think. My Neighbor Totoro is another timeless masterpiece from the ever-impressive Hayao Miyazaki.

SCORE: 8/10

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