My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★½

Totoro is different than most movies in that it doesn’t really have the typical three-act structure. It’s more so a simple, slice-of-life story about two young girls moving to the country to be closer to their sick mother. They then meet the forest spirit, Totoro, and hi jinx ensue. Not a lot happens in this one, and Totoro isn’t even in it that much. However, the two main characters are delightful to watch, as they look at everything with such child-like wonder. That’s probably the best way to describe the movie: it just makes you feel like a kid again. It’s engaging seeing these characters have fun alongside their new friend, despite all the troubles their family is going through. If I had to list one complaint, I’d say that there is a bit of forced drama at the end in order to have a proper climax. But other than that, this is a great family movie that I think everyone can enjoy. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best Ghibli film, but it’s one I won’t soon forget.

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