This month, Studio Ghibli Fest brings us Kiki’s Delivery Service.
I was still coming off the high I got from seeing My Neighbor Totoro and I wasn’t totally sure how I’d take Kiki’s Delivery Service. It had been a while since I saw the movie, but this time I saw a few older Japanese women in the audience and figured I was in for a good time.
I think what I took away most from this movie was that if you allow yourself to become too cynical you lose your magic. It was a bit heartbreaking to see Kiki lose touch with her magic as she learns more about the world and the people in it. Not everyone is hard working or appreciative of the things they have. Yet, as she realizes one of her only friends in the world needs her now more than ever, you can see the cynicism give way to determination and hope as she does everything she can for him. The story was touching, and as someone who can get cynical, it was heartwarming. I felt happy and thoughtful about the world and the people I have known.
As with My Neighbor Totoro, this movie was presented with subtitles on the theater’s 4k digital projectors and it looked amazing - even by today’s standards. There were little to no noticeable film grains, and the colors were smooth. I especially liked the vistas Kiki saw as she flew high in the sky, but riding towards the Zeppelin on Tombo’s bike was very exciting as well.