Logan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hayao Miyazaki has done it. I figured there was a chance that one of his films would become an instant favorite of mine before I dove into his work, and I was right, Kiki's Delivery Service is one of my new favorite films.
Similar to My Neighbor Totoro and contrasting Miyazaki's earlier work, Kiki's is an incredibly small stakes, simple film that is at its core, one of the most profound and relatable coming of age stories of all time. Miyazaki crafts a character that can be universally looked at by someone and see a bit of themselves in her. That's where so much of the heart of this film lies in. A young girl who is faced with numerous hardships and quite literally just has herself and some sound advice from others to help overcome them. It's classic storytelling.
This is my fifth Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki film, and I must say, animation peaked here. Every shot, every scene, every location, every character is like discovering a new world. I wanted every frame to last a few minutes just so I could take it all in. Breathtaking stuff.
Kiki's Delivery Service came at a perfect time for me. I've been really kinda down as of late due to virtual schooling, worrying about my friends and family on the west coast, and other stress and anxiety I won't get into, and Kiki's Delivery Service offered me an all too brief escape from that.