Movie Review: "The Secret World of Arietty"


"The Secret World of Arrietty" (Buena Vista Pictures)

"The Secret World of Arrietty" is an anime film based on the book "The Borrowers." It is full of wonder as it shows a world where little people live secretly away from the prying eyes of the ìbeings.î This film also tells a story about what happens when barriers break down and trust is applied.

Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler) is a fourteen year old girl who lives with her mother (Amy Poehler) and father (Will Arnett) underneath the floorboards of a house in the country. She and her family are little people who ìborrowî from the humans who inhabit the house but are cautious never to be seen. Once the ìbeingsî have seen them the little people feel they have to movie for safetyís sake.

Arrietty is a curious girl and she observes the comings and goings at the house. She watches when someone new arrives at the house. The latest arrival is a twelve year old boy named Shawn (David Henrie). He has come to stay there because he has heart problems and needs rest. He is cared for by his Aunt Jessica (Gracie Moore Poletti) and the housekeeper named Haru (Carol Burnett).

Arrietty's father decides she is old enough to go on a borrowing expedition at the house one night. Arrietty is very excited but her mother is worried. She thinks it is all too dangerous. Despite her fears the father and daughter go into the house looking for sugar and tissue. While in the house Arrietty is spied by Shawn but he doesnít cause any trouble.

As time passes Arrietty and Shawn become friends and this leads to complications in her familyís lives. Unintentionally Shawn leads the family into a dangerous situation and how it plays out is the core of the film.

The Japanese animation is beautiful and the story line is totally engrossing. The voices of the actors are completely appropriate for the characters and Burnett is outstanding in her ìroleî as Haru. She adds comic timing that is in sync with the animation.

The movie is rated G and the entire family will be delighted by the overall presentation of the story.

If you are looking for a family film for kids of all ages then this is the one to see. It is a beautiful film with a solid story line and amazing characters. All ages will find this a worthwhile family experience.

I scored "The Secret World of Arrietty" a hidden 6 out of 10.

Photo courtesy of: Buena Vista Pictures

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