By Sam Isenberg, Junior
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese fantasy film written and directed by the critically acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki. The film follows 10 year old Chihiro Ogino and her Adventures through the Spirit World, as she finds a way to get back to her parents in the real world.
The film is an emotional thrill ride from start to finish. Chihiro’s journey throughout the Spirit World is one that the audience will have an easy time relating with. The characters are introduced and fully developed within the hour and a half run time. The beautifully hand drawn animation is able to tell a story that could not have been told a live action format. However, the story feels a bit formulaic and suffers from some slower moments when the film has to transition and introduce a new area within the Spirit World.
Spirited Away provides a unique viewing experience that marks the signature of Miyazaki’s films. The films is able to present mature themes while still retaining the childlike magic of the film. While the film is enjoyed best by a younger audience, viewers of all ages will find something incredible from this film.
I gave this film 4.5 out of 5 stars.