Arrietty / Kari-gurashi no Arietti (2010)

Arrietty is the studio ghibli take on ‘the borrowers’ concept, an american film was made in the late 90’s as a comedy with John Goodman or some fatguy i believe, unsurprisingly, the Studio ghibli version is better.


The story is fairly simple and follows the life of young borrower Arrietty as she does her first borrowing from the house she lives in, however things dont go quite as planned and… thats how the movie plays out.

It runs fairly short for a modern film at only 90 minutes and it feels it, I personally have no problems with this as theres nothing worse than watching a film that outstays its welcome, The borrowers Arrietty does what it comes to do, and then disappears much like the borrowers themselves. Its a great film, but falls short of other Studio ghibli greats like Porco Rosso or Laputa. The film also does a fantastic job of conveying the scale of the borrowers, the sound is particularly well done.
Im going to stop now before I start sounding like a film student.

8/10
Definitely worth the 90 minutes.

Note: This film comes out in cinemas in the UK on the 29th of July according to imdb