Viewed – 10 August 2013 Television
This is one of Studio Ghibli’s films that always seems to get mentioned as a favorite. Kiki has just turned 13 and as all young witches must leave home for a year to complete their witch training … Kiki chooses to set off for the city, with her wise-cracking black cat Jiji along for the ride.
As with many Ghibli movies, this is a charming experience filled with impressive, hand-drawn animation and plenty of quirky characters. Kiki herself is a likable, feisty young girl voiced well by Kirsten Dunst, and other characters like a love-struck boy and a pregnant bakery owner are all very entertaining. The clearly European themed city is also rather gorgeous.
For this kind of material, it is a bit long and sags in the middle slightly. Also apart from the ending, it seemed to cry out for more menace and a villain of some sort … which we don’t get. Instead the movie opts for simple feel-good storytelling with that age-old believe in yourself message. Not exactly a bad thing.
I enjoyed it overall, but apart from the animation and fun characters, I felt there was much more potential here.
Verdict: 3 /5
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My rating system is similar to yours. I have a 0 – 5 system that I explain here:
And I also give Kiki’s Delivery Service a 3/5. It’s a good movie, but it could also be a lot better.