Refreshingly Simple, by Tyler Smith

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  1. Max Mayo says:

    I first want to say, that i really enjoyed your review and had a very similar viewing experience. But, i think what you (and I to an extent) are giving as praise is also one of the films biggest weaknesses. It is very small and it is relatively uninvolving (not a word…).

    At the end of the story, i found it unsatisfying just how low stakes this film was. I wasn’t moved by the goodbye between Arrietty and the boy; and the way the boy passively reveals his dangerous operation goes well was kind of deflating. I’m not asking for a big emotional pay off, because that wouldn’t fit with the rest of the film, but i do think there was a lack of feeling.

    Question for you: do you think this is a film you are going to remember in a few months? And maybe more importantly, does that lessen the value of this movie and the experience if you (or I) can’t?

    Keep up the great work!

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I did have the thought when the movie was over of, “Boy, that sure was a slight film.” But, the more I thought about it, the more I was okay with it. It sets a goal and, I think, achieves it. It doesn’t go to any great lengths to be memorable, but I think it is in its own little way.

      • Max Mayo says:

        Yeah I think I agree. It’s been a while since I’ve seen My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo, but I remember those films being similar to Arrietty in terms of scope and atmosphere. I’m in the minority in thinking that Totoro wasn’t great. But, I still remember it fondly in much the way you just described. So maybe Arrietty will leave a similar impression for me.

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