go see “Sprited Away,” dammit
Buy it at Amazon
Spirited Away is a cartoon. It is also the highest-grossing movie in Japanese history. It made more money than Titanic. It made more than Star Wars.
Most people in the U.S. have not seen the film. It was barely released by Disney last year. Although it recieved the best reviews of any movie in 2002, Disney barely advertised the release. Perhaps they realized how lackluster their own recent animated features would seem compared to this masterpiece.
At any rate, it was a crime. This movie should have been bigger than The Lion King. Instead, my wife and I, along with my niece, comprised about half the audience when we saw it on opening night here in Sacramento.
Disney has put the movie back in the theater after it won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, so you have a second chance to see it on the big screen. Get off your butt and go.
The movie is great. Like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or The Princess Bride, it is a rare film that is equally entertaining for children and adults alike. But Spirited Away has a sense of quiet magic about it that those other films do not possess–a Tolkein-esque feeling of legends and gods long forgotten.
The movie is also being released on DVD on April 15th. You should all buy a copy then. Preferably, you should buy one from Amazon by clicking here. If you do, I get a nickle or something. Amazon is offering 25% off for preorders, so it ain’t a half-bad deal.
But I don’t want to make it look like I’m just trying to sell you something here. The important thing is to see the movie. Right now, you’ve been offered a rare second chance to see a classic on the big screen.