September 29, 2003
Spirited Away

This weekend, I took Freja to see Spirited Away.

I can't remember the last time I was so knocked out by a film. Truly magical, fantastically beautiful, utterly original, funny and moving, Freja was entranced, and so was I.

Recommended without reservation to those with children of, oh, five and up. If you don't have children, well, I'd recommend it anyway, provided that you're not wedded to realism. This is a "kid's film" in the same way as Philip Pullman is a "kid's author", (and the way J.K. Rowling fails to be, IMNSHO).

I'll almost certainly see this again at the cinema, and the DVD will be bought on sight.

Grauniad review here, BTW, but I'd read no reviews before seeing the film.

Posted to Music and Film by Simon Brunning at September 29, 2003 10:24 AM

The DVD got watched about six times in a week in our house. Karen quite liked it, 5-year-old Connor had it almost word perfect, 8-year-old Mitchell seemed to really get something out of the coming of age theme, while I think it's just the best animated film ever.

Here's another good review:

Posted by: Alan Green on September 29, 2003 12:59 PM

My god, you've said something I agree with although I really don't want to.

Posted by: El Presidente on October 1, 2003 05:04 PM
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