Today I saw Kiki’s Delivery Service for the first time. I meant to see this movie sooner, but then things started happening and you guys know how that goes. Recently my brother got into Spirited Away and I thought there was no better time to catch up on my Miyazaki films than now. I’m a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s films–I’ve seen quite a few of them (though I have a few more left to go). I wasn’t disappointed by this movie!
While Kiki isn’t my favorite of his movies (that spot is reserved for Howl), I enjoyed it very much. It’s a great movie for those who are about to set off into the world their own for the first time. I’ve been so preoccupied with moving out and getting my MLS that it was really nice to watch a film about a young witch who is learning about herself in a strange city. Kiki is strong, and confident, but also needs to learn a lot about the world and her place in it. I enjoyed watching her learn her lessons. Also, Jiji is awesome. I’d LOVE a cat just like him.
If you’re looking for another wonderful Miyazaki film that leaves you feeling happier than when you started, I highly recommend this one (and Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro and…). My official, super professional rating? 4/5