Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service ★★★★★


"Stop trying. Take long walks. Look at the scenery. Doze off at noon. Don't even think about flying. And then, pretty soon, you'll be flying again."

There isn't one second of this film I would add or take away, it's just perfect as it is. It's incredibly kind to the point where you just feel the genuine kindness from everybody involved. In a world where witches and magic exist, Miyazaki does a great job in colliding the everyday commerce against Kiki's ability to fly, as he once again touches on the modern day technology against the past. Yet the most vital concept that makes this whole thing sing is Kiki's transition into adulthood, as she faces problems we all know too well, though we needn't worry about flying on a broom. Though those problems aren't overbearing, Miyazaki is able to make these problems feel real, and relatable on a human level. In this film, the characters that inhabit the film are largely kind and wholesome, though there are certainly questionable characters like the ungrateful granddaughter and the police officer that encounters Kiki, but it all adds up to Miyazaki's overall message of confidence. Kiki's Delivery Service, though it centers on a witch, is just one of the most relatable films out there, and when it ends, it feels as though you can do anything you put your mind to. Just take walks, live in the now, and then you'll be able to do what you want.

Most movies just don't uplift on the whole like this one does. I know what I'm going to name my cat, and that'll be that.

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