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Spirited Away Review

Spirited Away is 2001 Best Picture Winner directed by Hayao Miyazaki, creator of Studio Ghibli. Currently available on HBO Max.

Chihiro and her parents are moving away from the town they call home. On their way to their new neighborhood, Chihiro’s father appears to take a wrong turn and the family find themselves in a secluded forest near the entrance of a tunnel. The family feels drawn down the tunnel and stumble upon what appears to be an abandoned marketplace. But all is not as it seems, when Chihiro starts to see the marketplace come alive with ghostly spirits and strange shapes.

If you’ve ever spent any time on IMDb, Letterboxd, etc, you’ll have heard of Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli, and Hayao Miyazaki. This movie, studio, and director combination are synonymous with the word quality and are frequently brought up in conversations concerning the best of the best that cinema has to offer. Spirited Away is a gorgeous movie with all the Ghibli hallmarks that audiences have been spoiled with since the studio’s inception in 1985.

Spirited Away is available to stream on HBO Max.

Dylan M.
Dylan M.

Dylan created Movies Not Films as a fun project to stay occupied during the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He started with a simple movie diary on a spreadsheet and eventually transformed it into MoviesNotFilms.com with a robust catalog of reviews, suggestions, and ranking lists. Currently living with his now-fiancé and two dogs, Dylan has a full time career but still makes time to watch all the latest movies and most of the new TV shows.

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