KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE-- Retro Review

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 24, 2011. Last post by laylaandrews 2 years, 1 month ago.
Post by kadosho_16bit (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3

Everyone has a opinion with a title, even a classic has to face opposition sooner or later. Kiki I admit was a bit of a free-spirited character, but it did seem off that she didn't keep in contact like other characters did (as in returning home). Most of the studio's projects revolve around characters that would exist in reality, and a few that occasionally have a wild imagination. Aside from this review.. really? Just enjoy it for what it is, a piece of timeless animation, and a fun tale. Let reality leave your mind, and just chill.

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@kadosho_16bit said:

Everyone has a opinion with a title, even a classic has to face opposition sooner or later. Kiki I admit was a bit of a free-spirited character, but it did seem off that she didn't keep in contact like other characters did (as in returning home). Most of the studio's projects revolve around characters that would exist in reality, and a few that occasionally have a wild imagination. Aside from this review.. really? Just enjoy it for what it is, a piece of timeless animation, and a fun tale. Let reality leave your mind, and just chill.

Your comment confuses me. She does return home at the end of the film, and how many of Ghibli's films are based in reality? Nausica, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spritied Away, Howl's Moving Castle?

Post by zaldar (1,276 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@TopographicOcean: I knew two people that killed themselves as teenagers, and I certainly considered it and the things I dreamed about doing to the people that I felt had wronged me. Yeah...they would make Hitler look tame. Teenage power fantasizes? Oh yes.

I found this show to be terribly unrealistic and ridiculous. Not one of his better efforts but then simple has never been my fav anyway.

Post by TopographicOcean (15 posts) See mini bio Level 8

@zaldar: I know a few people that did the same thing, and others that still struggle with issues from their time as a teenager. But I know just as many people, if not more, that didn't have such problems.

Being a teenager can be a horrible experience. However, that's just it; it can be a horrible experience. There is no rule saying you can't have a positive time as a teenager. That's all I'm saying.

Post by zaldar (1,276 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@TopographicOcean: If you say so everyone I know at a pretty terrible time. I mean we read lord of the flies in high school as freshmen (along with utopia, brave new world, 1984, and grapes of wrath..how any of us survived without killing ourselves I don't know) and when the teacher was like "now it may not seem possible to you that human nature would go this way" the conscious of the class was "um no it isn't..we all just came from middle school...this is what it was like"

But as much as I like Miasaki this is not one of his better efforts for other reasons than just this as listed in the review. It certainly doesn't stand up to mononoke and I liked ponyo better (though many didn't like that one much I know).

Post by TopographicOcean (15 posts) See mini bio Level 8

@zaldar: I kinda envy what you got to read. We were stuck with pathetic Australian authors from some jingoistic notion that they have some kind of merit or what they've done hasn't been done before.

I like both Ponyo and Mononoke-Hime better than this movie though, I agree with you there.

Post by zaldar (1,276 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@TopographicOcean: couldn't tell from your profile page if you were from Australia or not but if so it would make some sense to read Australian novels. It was a tough year in that all those books really are depressing and it was a lot of material to read. Grapes of Wrath (being about the American depression) was especially depressing. You can still read them though and if you haven't I recommend it. Lord of the Flies I especially believe (much like heart of darkness) has a lot to say correctly about human nature.

Post by Soupnazi (1 posts) See mini bio Level 4

I noticed one or two people putting the word review in quotation marks, and while I assume they did it because of disagreeing with the review, I'd do it because I'm not sure this qualifies as a review. I'm actually still looking for where you review the movie--it seems like you go on a bit about how it seems that Kiki's adventure could go very dark, and by the time you're done with that you're wrapping up the review.

So, that's an exaggeration, of course--but let's look at this. Your review is about 900 words long--in it, you make roughly three points, depending on one's definition of points. That's right, three. Which seems like a rather small amount for the review's wordcount.

So, first is the aforementioned darkness--that because Kiki's visit to the big city could have ended very wrongly (and, in our world, likely would have)... actually, you never seem to follow through with the point, instead just spending the first third of your review saying the movie could have been dark. Never mind that this is a completely fictional world with witches and everything, where obviously the people aren't nearly as horrible as those in our world.

Your second point is that the world is ill-defined, which is a point I disagree with (personally, I think that the details of witchery is irrelevant to the movie) but can accept, as it's your opinion that I can see the reasoning behind.

Your third point is that the plot is meandering, and thus is not "sophisticated." I honestly can't comment on this one, because you completely fail to define your terms. What about the plot isn't sophisticated? Because it doesn't follow a central narrative? Because of some un-described thing? When reading a review, I'd kind of like to have it explained to me why the subject material is good or bad.

Your debatable fourth point (as it's really more of a closing statement) is that the movie doesn't surpass the "for children" range. And once again, you fail to tell us why--as far as I can gather, the movie is for kids because it's not "sophisticated" and the plot "meanders." But I have no idea why.

So, all in all, I hardly even feel like calling this a review, because in the end I really don't have a better grasp over whether or not it's a good movie. If this was some sort of discussion or ramble about the movie, fine, but you're labeling it as a review and thus I want a review.

Post by largeman29 (3 posts) See mini bio Level 4

I couldn't even read this entire review. It's atrocious. She didn't run away from home btw.

Is something severely wrong with you? It's a bit strange that anyone could have such horrid thoughts on this light-hearted fantasy movie. Seek help.

Post by laylaandrews (1 posts) See mini bio Level 2

Fascinating! I never thought about it, but now that you mention it it totally makes sense. She really is very trusting and innocent, although perhaps she lives in some charmingly simple parallel universe where people are genuinely good and creating a bicycle-airplane is easy. I love that this movie is so free-spirited and everyone's so nice and everything's so simple.

I recently realized that I'm pretty much exactly the same as Kiki but older and with curly hair. I wonder if I'm a little too trusting of people, because of this movie...

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