Jaewon’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away."
Many movies have a distinct, idiosyncratic style. I've always loved the stylistic quirks of a certain director or movie. But there's something about the entirety of Studio Ghibli that has me fascinated. There's a sense of warmth and delight that can't be captured in any other movie. Each one feels imbued with heart, soul, and pure imagination. I watched My Neighbor Totoro when I was younger, but I remember basically nothing from that experience. Yet this movie still gives me a sense of nostalgia, not just for the film, but my childhood as a whole. It's filled with some of the most joyous adventures and imagery put to film, yet it remains a simple story with a simple thesis. Childhood wonder and the beauty of the world can be what we need to get through the toughest moments in our life. In a sense, everybody can relate to this movie because everybody has been a kid and many will eventually become parents who can relate to other portions of this story.
That's why I love this movie so much. The warmth. The joy. The CUTE. TOTORO. It's a piece of media that feels so inviting and pleasant, no matter who you are or where you're at in your life. These fascinating and magical concepts are given to us from the beautiful perspective o children. But it can still be emotional, captivating, hilarious, and satisfying. Hayao Miyazaki has a creative vision and an incredible amount of talent and love, which he puts into every film he makes, with this being a standout of his many standouts. Joe Hisaishi composes yet another one of the greatest scores of all time. The entire production team created images that I hope will never leave me. God bless you Studio Ghibli. God bless you Totoro.
And I'll leave you with one last thing. Make a petition to change the poster for this movie. That girl there is a STRANGER xD
Thanks for reading!