Markus Kosmo’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Kiki's Delivery Service" is an uplifting and authentic coming-of-age story with beautiful animation, endearing characters, wonderful worldbuilding, delightful music and powerful messages. The attention to detail in the movements of characters and objects within the frame as well as in the characterizations and in the themes explored makes the movie all the more believable! The movie also takes up problems in society while being wonderful and comforting for the entire family.
Hayao Miyazaki has a lot of wise things to say here, like these: Don't rely too much on technology; inner beauty is more important than appearance; take care of your mental health; being yourself and doing your best is enough. There are other themes too, like the loss of innocence, the struggle for belonging, managing expectations, and that turning passions into routine work can make you lose the wonder and novelty of those activies. Kiki tries to find a balance between tradition and modernity, as she doesn't feel like she belongs in either the countryside or city, with either the young or the old, which I can relate to!
The movies Miyazaki make feel so alive, and they make me feel alive too, which is why Hayao Miyazaki is my favorite filmmaker! This is not one of my personal favorite Miyazaki movies currently, but I adore it and think it's a masterpiece all the same. Hayao Miyazaki brings so much life, heart and soul to the world through his movies, and they are one of the main sources of joy, beauty and meaning in my life!