Inspired by TheOriginalPhoenix, Thimblerig’s Ark, and Sunshine Lou, every day until Christmas, I’m going to write about one example of beauty that I have found, in order to counter the darkness that I see when I turn on the news.
Day 4, I am celebrating:
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989).
The story of a 13-year-old witch who, following tradition, leaves home for a year to go out into the world and find her calling in life, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film that never fails to make me smile.
This isn’t a review.
This is a rave.
I can’t think of anything I dislike about this film.
From the plot, the characters, the setting, the animation, the soundtrack — it’s all excellent. (I watch the film in Japanese with English subtitles.)
If you’re an artist of any kind — a baker, a painter, a writer. etc. — than watch this film. The characters will have you going “I know exactly how you feel.”
Even if you’re not an artist, Kiki’s Delivery Service is still a film that will have you doing this throughout it:
Kiki’s Delivery Service doesn’t shy away from the more unpleasant realities of life.
But: The film refuses to settle for horrors. It refuses to throw up its hands go “Why?! Oh the humanity!”
If the 24-hour news cycle is a poison, Kiki is a cure.
What film always puts you in a good mood?