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Congratulations to Fletcher, aged 10, from Fairview Primary in Gillingham, whose review of Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away saw him walk away with the Review of the Year Award (sponsored by IMDb) at the Into Film Awards 2018. The Award was presented by film critic Rhianna Dhillon and actor Tomiwa Edun. You can read Fletcher's review further down the page.
Fletcher is in Year 6 at Fairview Primary, and has been attending Into Film Club since Year 3. He is an active participant and has enjoyed watching and discussing a wide range of films. He is very open-minded about watching a wide range of genres, and his reviews show that he is willing to reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of a film, whatever his overall opinion of it. Fletcher successfully applied to become a member of the Into Film Youth Advisory Council and is enjoying the opportunities that this is providing him.
I was very surprised to be nominated! I enjoy writing what I think about films and having a voice - especially when talking at school after we have watched a film.Fletcher, aged 10, Review of the Year 2018 winner
This Japanese animation is filled with: Parental pigs, twin witches, spider men, big babies, a person without a face (called no face), mud sludges, a literate ghost town, and Sin.
This movie is loaded with surreal characters and settings as a young girl travels to a new home, but stumbles upon an abandoned village. Her parents stay behind and have a 'little' snack but young Sin carries on, until a brave protector saves her from being spirited away before the night comes and the spirits take over. To stay safe from the beasts and the hotel, Sin must conquer whatever the 'horrific hotel' has in-store for her. And (with enough luck) she might earn a ticket to freedom and leave the dusty 'getaway' behind her.
Spirited away is a brilliant movie with perfect animation to make you grin on just any occasion. The detail put into this amazing film is unreal as the characters personalities are realistic and all of the mystical creatures had different personalities, but all the guests were pretty much greedy as they come. The settings were also set in intricate detail that shows its own story.
I think ages 1-100 will love this movie as it warms hearts and gives an amazingly thought story.
PS. If you didn't realise I love Japanese animations.
With the release of When Marnie Was There, Studio Ghibli's poignant final film, we take a look at what makes their animations so widely adored.
Reading time 5 mins
A film guide that looks at Spirited Away (2001), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film list exploring the history of animation.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films20
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