Kiki's Delivery ServiceNumber of reviews: 3
Average rating: * * * * 1/2 (very good)
Reviewed by: adora (2005-05-30)
it's a sweet and interesting story.. but slower and a bit simpler than other miyazaki works. Truly a masterpiece. I've watched both the Disney and Orignal/Subtitled version. I have to say.. Disney's version is lacking in many ways. Original is ten times better. I don't know why some people can't read and watch at the same time? Unlesss they have an IQ of negative ten. Then I understand. It is much more enjoyable to watch in original Japanese version.Rating: * * * * 1/2 (very good)
Reviewed by: Ben (2005-03-08)
"Kiki's Delivery Service" follows the trials and tribulations, of a young witch 'Kiki' as she sets out on a journey to inhabit and work in a town or city for a year at the young age of thirteen, so that she may prove herself worthy of becoming a fully-fledged witch.
As with my previous reviews I shant go into detail about the film itself, but concentrate more on an overview and the feel of the film, as not to give too much away to an audience who may wish to watch the film at some point, without having the plot handed to them on a plate.
Kiki is a character with a desperate need to prove her worth, to show her family and those around her that she is a reliable and dependable girl, someone who can be counted on. Kiki's need, derives from a long line of witch history and tradition; that each witch is an ambassador for their kind, to the town or city that they will inhabit.
In many ways she reminds me of Chihiro/Sen, her stubbornness in the films opening half an hour, her single-mindedness, yet it is these characteristics that help her through the initial struggle of the film, yet as it begins to transpire we begin to realise, that whilst these traits of hers have been an important milestone in the first half, that they shall not see her through the second, and it is this character transition to a more audience lovable Kiki which is the films focal point.
My learned colleague of the primary review of Kiki's Delivery Service, noted the tone of voice for the character Jiji, Kiki's black cat, notably my fellow reviewee commented on the cats endless sarcasm, and how the wit did not appeal to his sense of character.
WELL THEN WATCH IT IN JAPANESE!!!
Is it truly such a task? Does it take away so much from your enjoyment because your forced to read as well as watch? MULTITASK!!!
I shall end the ranting, but it is an issue which troubles me greatly, that so called fans of Miyazaki have never taken the time to watch the films of his in their original context.
But back to the review, Kiki is an enchanting film, one that grips you from the outset. The witch lifestyle, the family ritual and tradition, which seems unsettling to an outsider coming into a world we haven't come to know yet. Yet like with most Miyazaki films, you will end the film with a smile on your face, and your body having been warmed to the genuine emotions, morals and ethics Miyazaki pumps into this films, WITHOUT having to put it all into song (i'm looking at you Disney)!
Kiki is a must for any film of Miyazaki and anime in general, but for my last point I leave you with this remark..."it takes a keen eye to spot parallels from that which we have known for a short time to that we are familiarised with"
Cracking Film!Rating: * * * * (good)
Reviewed by: Kiera Stanford (2004-06-07)
I first watched this film on Disney Channel on one of those rainy afternoons, not expecting anything great. Was I in for a surprise! The film really was magical and I found myself taken aback by the quality of the animation. After seeing it, I recomended it to like, all of my friends, and they enjoyed the film just as much as I did. The only reason that I didn't give the film five stars was the fact that it was a little too predictable at times.Rating: * * * * 1/2 (very good)
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