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Movie Review: The Secret World of Arrietty

In a nation filled with Disney, Pixar and various other companies known for their work in children’s movies, “The Secret World of Arrietty” tries to insert itself into the animated world. Coming to the States two years after its original release, the film aims to breach the young audience.

The movie is clearly designed to be innocent and carefree. Following the story of Shawn (David Henrie) and his interactions with the Clock family, or “The Borrowers,” the movie outlines what happens when humans discover people no larger than four inches tall. Shawn devotes himself to protecting the Clock family from arduous perils and he discovers his true self along the way.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi does well in directing a strong, prominent cast including, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Olivia Colman, Carol Burnett and Bridgit Mendler. The dialogue is well-written and creative. Shawn and Arrietty’s discussion on the nature of humans — and the parallel between humans and their tiny analogs — is a perfect example of a newfound innovation in screenwriting.

With a beautiful soundtrack that is soothing as well as sensational, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is poetic and relaxing. The sensual music adds a new flavor to an already enlightening film. As the movie progresses, the sound adapts to follow the ever-changing tone, from soothing to disdainful, in the actor’s voices.

The Secret World of Arrietty is a cute film that reminds us of the innocence of childhood and the innate good in everybody. It’s a reminder of what it means to live life without worry.

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