I was fortunate enough to catch ‘When Marnie was there’ the other day. It is my, hands down, the movie of the year and possibly the best Studio Ghibli movie ever made.
I can’t possibly spoil the story other than the movie revolves around Anna who moves to the country and meets Marnie. What I can say though is that the story brings out a rollercoaster of emotion: from feeling vulnerable and isolated to going through warm friendship with a mysterious magic that binds the 2 characters together. This coming-of-age movie is whimsical as it is magical, and the visual effects have no peer. There are a few points in the movie where you swear that the reel was projecting water coloured paintings. Only these had movement and speech.
It saddens me to think that this could have been, the studio’s last film. On behalf of all your fans – and the cinema was packed – and everyone that believes in magic, Thank You Studio Ghibli!
“I will look for you again.”
Such a bold claim to call it Studio Ghibli’s best ever having only seen Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Arrietty. And, to be honest, I have to watch those films again in order to validate. But one thing is true: I am all revved up and ready to design after catching this enchanting film.
Don’t miss this movie if you get the chance. There’s still magic in this world so long as there are movies like this.