As part of our Ultimate Playbill project, each week a faculty member will take the time to extol the virtues of one of the beloved films on this list. This week, I tackle meanoldpig’s #5 pick, Spirited Away (2001, Miyazaki)
When we originally started this Playbill, I knew for a fact that Hayao Miyazaki would make the cut. However, the real question—which film? Growing up, MMDG did his due diligence by showing my brother and me several of Miyazaki’s films and, to be honest, I’m glad meanoldpig picked Spirited Away. Personally, it would have been hard for me settle on a favorite, but Spirited Away lies in my top three of his films and was an absolute treat to rewatch.
It has been about ten years since I last watched this film. As a child I was intrigued by this young girl (a few years younger than I was at the time) and this crazy adventure she found herself wrapped up in. Dragons, witches, and spirits of all kinds brought such imagination to this film and it was enjoyable to get lost in this world. As I rewatched it this week I found I was not just drawn to that imagination, but also the love and selflessness that makes this film genuine. Continue reading Movie Mondays #14: Spirited Away