Hayao Miyazakis horror film for children (or adults alike) tells a story about a brave 10-year-old girl, Chihiro who gets lost in a ghost town alone and how she manages to escape and find her parents again. I’ve never had a thing on anime, but have become more and more interested on this special genre with fans of all ages and will definitely watch more in the future.
Much like in a dream, most of the film takes place in a maze with all kinds of weird spirits and monsters with days and nights passing by. Chihiro manages to overcome the obstacles and with courage and kindness get even the toughest spirits on her side. This was one of the major themes of the film, as something for kids to learn from and for some of us grown ups too. Other important themes of the film are the environmental impact of humans and capitalism. The environmental damage can be seen in the scene of the stinky spirit entering the bathhouse, filled with all kind of nasty waste. Capitalism on the other hand is presented as Yubaba taking Chihiros name, thus forcing her to create new identity, as well as presenting how the other humans and spirits work hard for her.
A rather long film (125 min) but for sure, keeps the viewer entertained during the film and leaving a lot to think about afterwards.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5