legendary Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's unique,
wondrous and highly imaginative Spirited Away is an incredible
experience. The film takes the viewer on an Alice in Wonderland-type
adventure world of fascinating visuals and wonderful characters.
Spirited Away also contains smart moral messages ranging from
greed to environmental protection. Its also a film of
life: through imagination, belief, and experience. Ultimatly
however the beauty of the film lies in Miyazaki's animation
which as the title suggest takes you away on a magical an
unforgettable journey. The attention to detail and elegant
shading of colors within every frame is absolute genius artistry
(including the imagery throughout the closing credits- a Miyazaki
trademark). Simply put, Miyazaki is a master of animation
filmmaking and storytelling. His films are amazing, and to
me, Spirited Away rates as his one or two greatest masterpieces
(alongside Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds and My Neighbor
Totoro). I absolutely love this film and repeat viewings only
add to the pleasures this film brings to both cinema and life.
I cant justify my love for this film in words as I certainly
rate it among the very greatest ever made (animation or otherwise).
To me, this is absolutely one of the most perfect films ever
made. Spirited Away is a rare film experience of creativity,
imagination, thought-provoking storytelling, spiritual connection,
and above all: art! To see this film is to experience it,
and to experience it is to cherish it. Ok so I'm repeating
myself and probably not giving any thoughtful insight or justice
to the film, but that it what it does - turns me into an obsessive
fan. This is a film I will continue to revisit throughout
my lifetime and in fact since 2003 I begin every year by making
Spirited Away the first film I watch.