VIDEO: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

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Sofie’s Miyazaki March continues with Kiki’s Delivery Service, which features cats, which makes Sofie happy.

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  • Muthsarah

    So. I guess you were all burned out on the Totoro love. This was possibly the least passionate I’ve ever seen you, like this movie didn’t elicit anything.

    Thank you for not showing a/the [English] dubbed version. Even when I like the cast, it just ruins everything.

    • Sofie Liv

      Just honestly.. Did not know what to say about it.

      It’s cute yeah, it’s well put together yeah, it’s funny yeah. There is nothing at all wrong with this movie, at all!
      But.. pfff…. There’s just so very little to say, Totoro you can go on and on analysing and talking about as there seems to be multiple layers to it not at first noticed, this one thoug.. it’s.. cute to sit through ones together with some kids, you get to laugh and say “Dawww,” a couple of times, but beyond that.. It was just a difficult movie for me to talk about at all, and I know it’s one of your favourites, so well.. Sorry, but if enjoy it, that’s good! Again, nothing wrong with the movie at all, it is very likable indeed.

      • Muthsarah

        I’ve seen more than enough “save the world”, “save the universe”, “save the magical blessed kingdom that in no way actually models the poverty, squalor and hideous disease appropriate to this medieval setting” movies, that I just like movies that don’t feel they need to be about more than just its protagonist. A day in the life. A coming of age. A budding romance. Something…”small” just resonates so much more with me than another melodrama about a young rebel out to defy impossible odds to save someland from something big (and thus evil) somehow because magical MacGuffin and/or friendship/true love.

        Kiki’s is just a beautiful LITTLE tale about a young girl growing up. Like Fantasia (EDIT: in that it’s relatively plotless, not so much the rest of what follows), or the films of Abbas Kiarostami, or The Red Balloon, little things can sometimes feel more meaningful than the big ones. Kinda like the fictional, dramatic counterparts to the idea that telling one persons’ story resonates more with voters than quoting statistics representing millions. And I just don’t see too many movies that do that; the early Miyazakis are standouts, and so gorgeous. It prolly means nothing to you, but I’ve heard that the layout and design of the city Kiki visits was based on Stockholm and Visby (Miyazaki went there specifically to sketch). I’ve been to Stockholm, and I found it to be the most beautiful big city I’ve ever seen. Kiki’s is thus also the equivalent of fantastic escapism for me: I wish I lived in a world that looked as beautiful as these cities, all the moreso now that I’ve gotten a small taste of one of them. But maybe that’s all you see as you look around your Scandinavian Elysium. Some of the photos I’ve seen of your hometown (yeah, I got curious and looked them up) would seem to support this theory: you may not appreciate how beautiful your own part of the world is. So maybe you just can’t see Kiki’s the way I do, because you’ve been living it every day.

        Anyway, something like that. Feel free to translate that liberally so that it makes sense.

  • Zee Panda

    My least favorite Miyazaki movie. I agree that it’s not a bad movie, but I feel like the story is very slight and underdeveloped and I definitely didn’t have the emotional engagement with this that I had with other of his films.

    • Sofie Liv

      Yeah, I get what you are saying. It was a very cute string of events, absolutely but.. I thought it lacked just a little meat.

  • maarvarq

    I’ll wait to see what you have to say about Porco Rosso, but it is my least favorite Miyazaki movie.

    • Sofie Liv

      That’s fair, it’s one of my personal favourites, but I can see how it’s not necesarily every-one seeing it the same way I do.

      And especially when it comes to these movies, we all have our favourites.
      Just look at MuthSarah, I almost felt bad having to give this movie such a “Meh.” review, since this is one of her favourite Miyazaki movies, for me though, it just isn’t..

  • rpdavies

    I like this, not as epic as Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away, but still fun to watch.

    Tombo & Jean from Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water are very similar, not surprising as Miyazaki wrote an early draft of NSBW in the 1970s & used some ideas for Laputa: Castle In The Sky