I’ve been lucky enough to review a few Studio Ghibli films this month, and ‘Arrietty’ is one I tried to catch at last year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, but wasn’t able to fit it into my packed schedule. So when it popped up onto my DVD and Blu-ray review list, I quickly snapped it up along with a couple other Ghibli films.
“The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.”
I'm still a firm believer that Studio Ghibli is a hit and miss company. When they hit, they can make some of the best animated films of all time, as in 'Grave Of The Fireflies'. When they miss though, they can actually make bad films, with 'Ponyo' a perfect example. 'Arrietty' in this case is sadly in the lesser category, as not only did I think it was rather dull and boring, but it was also badly written.
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