Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spirited Away

When their car reaches an impasse, a couple relocating to the burbs along with their young daughter who's none too happy about it decides to explore the nearby, creepy ghost town. Soon, the girl finds he parents possessed by this other world and herself drawn in to an alternate reality where she meets a new cadre of friends and enemies and must demonstrate courage and discipline to conquer. I've always felt held at arms length by Myzaki's roundly praised films and their uniquely branded characters and unconventional plotting. The same held true here yet I was overtaken by the majesty of the wondrous, breathtaking, imaginative, and intense visuals.
*** 1/2 out of ****