Movie Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service

kikiA young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a very quirky movie with beautiful visuals. It is fun, heart warming and entertaining – a excellent family movie.

While the main character is a witch, her struggles of being an outsider trying to fit is something anyone moving to a new city experiences. She must find housing, a job, make new friends and learn how to get around. There is a hint of romance, lots of baking and charming conversations such as one in which art and magic are equated.

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As I’ve come to expect from Studio Ghibli movies, the animation is gorgeous. This one is set in a town that is a combination of different parts of Europe. It is coastal, and the first shots arriving are reminiscent of the Italian coast, but the city refuses to be pinpointed as anywhere specific with its Parisian style homes, German bakeries and the clock tower in the center of town. It is the best of Europe in one place.

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Highly recommended.


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