The last act is really abrupt and resolves the dilemma too neatly. Other than that, this is maybe Miyazaki's most relaxing film and I enjoy the symbiotic relationship Kiki has with the citizens; they help her mature out of childhood while she brings a childlike awe to their lives. More than anything, I desperately want a sequel to this film, either with an older Kiki or her kid's adventure.
Higit pa sa payak na coming-of-age drama, paglalakbay at pagtawid sa pagkabata’t prologo sa buhay ng matatanda— ang Kiki’s Delivery Service ay paghanap sa kahulugan at kahalagahan ng pag-iral habang namamatay ang “desire” at “passion” ng isang indibiduwal mula sa alienasyon sa trabaho, umaalpas na belongingness sa lipunan, at namamatay na pangarap.
I had watched this a really long time ago but didn't remember that, so when the little details started coming back to me, it moved me even more. It's light in the best way possible, a feel good movie that's really effective. The small acts of kindness kept bringing a smile to my face. Plus, it has yet another great soundtrack from Joe Hisaishi — evocative and rich.
Going through the Ghibli back catalogue on Netflix at the moment, as there are too many that I have either missed or only seen with English dubbing (and no-one who reads should only see them that way). For me, this (so far) joins Spirited Away, Totoro, Fireflies, and Only Yesterday as one of the greats. I lost count of the times I said "That's wonderful!" whilst watching. An enchanted broom ride of a movie.
This was the first film my daughter ever watched. It is mind-blowing to me how Hayo can capture both the hearts of small and big people. I want to have a broom like Kiki and be able to fly through daily life. Now I have a small kid at home that always asks me if we can watch Kiki.