Random Thought 926
Tomorrow's going to be the start of Finals and right now I'm really taking advantage of the rest day. Too much had happened yesterday which is kinda ironic that it's going to be my very last regular class as a student. I think we did great yesterday especially with our thesis manuscript which I hope will be successfully be signed by our college dean by tomorrow.
I want to talk a lot of things since I've been not writing anything for the past several days. But I guess that's impossible since it will take quite a lot to make it detailed enough to understand. So for today I want to talk about "When Marnie Was There", the supposed to be final Ghibli animation film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who also directed "The Secret World of Arrietty". This anime film is based from a British book of the same title by Joan G. Robinson.
I've been waiting for this movie since its first trailer was released, and I have to say, it really lived up to my expectations. What I really like about Yonebayashi's movies is that you know they're still Ghibli but at the same time you feel how different they are from most Ghibli films. It's really hard to explain but I think Yonebayashi's movies really do strike me more than the other popular movies produced by Ghibli.
If my knowledge is right, I believe Marnie is the only Ghibli film that features 2 female lead characters unlike the usual boy and girl. I tried to imagine the movie with different lead characters (boy-boy, boy-female) in my mind and I thought it wouldn't have worked the same way than having 2 female leads. In short, Marnie already passed the Bechdel Test.
Based from the trailer, I guess most people would think that the movie is about lesbian relationship due to the fact it has 2 female leads. If you don't like that, don't worry for it has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's simply about 2 females who just happened to be the best friends and I really admire the movie for the authentic representation of how strong female friendship is.
I don't want to talk about more of the animation since it's always good since it's Ghibli we are talking about. But another thing I like the movie is that it doesn't limit itself in being just an anime film but rather it transcends the anime boundaries. What I meant by that is that, it's an anime you can simply recommend to anyone regardless if they're a fan of anime or not. This anime film really tells something that most of us can relate to. The feeling of hating oneself, being alone, and wishing to be someone else.
Sure there's the unexpected cliche twist at the end, which unfortunately I was already partially spoiled because of the interwebs, but since it was really well executed, in the end I still think that this film is a gem indeed. It only saddens me that it didn't earn well in the Japanese theaters which could possibly be the reason why Ghibli underwent its current hiatus. If only I have the luxury to go to Japan and watch this movie, I would.
Overall, "When Marnie Was There" is a really good movie. Honestly, I can't think of anything that I didn't like about this movie. I can personally give it a 10/10 if only I haven't watched anything better than this movie. So I'll give it a 9/10, which I think is just right for this movie. I can't imagine rating it lower than a 9.
If you've read everything I just wrote then I can't see why you shouldn't be watching this movie. Watch it with your friends and family. I'm sure they'll also love it! :)
Anna, a young girl living in Sapporo, is having trouble with her classmates. Due to anxiety attacks, a doctor suggests that Anna move somewhere more relaxing. After moving to the countryside to her family, separated from her mother, she spends her time walking around the area and sketching. She finds herself drawn to a seemingly abandoned house across the water, which can only be walked to during low tide. It is there that she meets Marnie.
Although she finds Marnie to be the first kid her age that she gets along with, there is something mysterious about her—Marnie even tells Anna to keep her a secret from the town. Anna has trouble remembering things, and even blacks out. How are these things related to Marnie? Just who is this strange girl?
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