I will not bother to summarize the storyline, because it has been done many times before and is probably known to you already if you are looking at this product. Anyway, this movie is fantastic. The animation is fluid and the actual drawings themselves are very detailed and beautiful. The soundtrack always matches the situation perfectly, making for an exciting and sometimes emotional viewing experience. Probably the best thing about this movie, however, is that it can truly be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what age group. The visuals and the soundtrack can be appealing to any age group because of how well they are done. Miyazaki does an excellent job telling a story in an intelligent way that is simple enough for children to understand, but is filled with hidden meanings and small bits of philosophy that a more mature audience can try to find and analyze. The whole movie is a work of art, plain and simple. This movie is a must-see for just about anyone, whether he is a fan of anime or not. This is one of the very few movies I have ever seen where I felt like I needed to purchase it right away after I had viewed it the first time. Believe the hype that this movie generates in all of the reviews, because it really does live up to it.
The only age group that it's not entirely appropriate for is kids under 3 they just seem to be uninterested. The older ones 4,6,8, 10, 12, and 13 year old loved it as well as the grownups. it arrived in 2 days with regular shipping too.
I have loved this movie since the first time I saw it in the theater (in Japanese with subtitles no less)! I made sure my kids saw it and would recommend it for everyone of any age. It is now in English of course, although you can run it with subtitles. I find seeing it with subtitles gives a better grasp of names and the like. The English translation and voices are as excellent as the story and animation!
This is honestly one of the greatest animated movies I have ever seen next to ninja scroll. I am a 28 year old man and this is one of MY favorite movies to watch. I love the fantasy of this whole movie. It takes you on a wonderful journey that will always amaze!!
Absolutely remarkable! No other animated movie catches my interest in fantasy as Miyazaki's Spirited Away does. Incredible animations and terrific scores should put this film at the top of every family's movie library. A must see, through and through. No one is too old or too young to enjoy this film.
Captivating, imaginative and exciting! I've watched this movie 6 times with my 2-1/2 year-old daughter and each time we find something new to laugh and talk about. It's pure enjoyment for everyone, like cold lemonade on a hot summer day! Don't rent it - Buy it!