Spirited Away ★★★½

This film falls into a similar category for me as del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and Henson's Labyrinth, in that it presents this beautiful, incredibly detailed universe but tells a story I don't particularly connect with. I would much rather play a video game with this premise than passively watch it unfold as a film. There are some very sweet moments, as well as some surprisingly disturbing ones, yet I never truly connected with any of the characters. The obstacles were all there, in theory, yet I never felt like the stakes were particularly high. I can see why this is regarded as a modern classic -- it's wildly imaginative, and there's a genuine sense of warmth in the animation. It just wasn't the right narrative for me.

I would die for that Big Baby Mouse. Know that.

Rating: 63/100

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