Sam Morrison’s review published on Letterboxd:
Absolutely sensational. I was swept away by Kiki's Delivery Service. Unpopular opinion I think, but it's superior to My Neighbor Totoro.
Kiki is a sweet girl who is going through the beginning stage of becoming a witch. Though she has what it takes, she learns that there's more to it than just accepting she can use her powers without giving it a second thought.
Certain times approach her where she hits snags and has to find her way out. Even though she's a witch, she's still a normal adolescent girl with struggles. Kiki was very humanized.
I adored the setting. It's like a 1950s Italy, a city on the water. They put so much attention to detail in every scene. The city felt really alive.
Just in the year difference between this and Totoro, there's already leaps ahead in the animation. We begin to see just how smoothly it can flow. Gorgeous in every sense of the word.
I could gush all day about this movie. I've fallen in love, no joke. If this has been in your watchlist, do yourself a favor, bump it up now. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.