Nothing is better than watching one of your favorite old time movies! And as for my favorite movie producer, or should I say, my favorite movie animator, Hayao Miyazaki, I’ve come to appreciate probably about a dozen of his animated movies. And with the new Animated Movie that came out last year, “When Marnie Was There”, I wanted to watch it as soon as possible. Also not to mention the movies trailer, which also almost made me caught close to catching some tears. Even as a trailer! (or maybe emotional is a better word to describe what I felt right after watching the trailer). And besides explaining what the movie is about, just watch the trailer for yourself to have an understanding on the movie.
(When Marnie Was There, English Trailer):
Before going on about my thoughts on this movie, I just like to point out that I’ve passed over the 100 follower mark! And some time later, I’ll be writing about my achievement on 100 followers! So thank you guys very much! But as for my hiatus like status, I really apologize. Now onto my thoughts of, When Marnie Was There.
( There Will Be Spoilers Beyond This Sentence. You’ve Been Warned 😛 )
Let me be totally honest; I haven’t watched any kind of Anime in months. Like maybe when I started my summer break was when I stopped watching Anime. Sounds kind of crazy for a blogger of an “otaku” type genre poster, but finally I’ve stumbled upon another great anime (movie) to start off on. So, while watching maybe the first 10 minutes of the movie, I kind of had the understanding that this is probably going to be about a regular girl living in a regular world. But knowing how Studio Ghibli is always animating folk lore and supernatural (besides Grave Of The Fireflies), I thought this was going to be interesting (because Studio Ghibli always comes up with good stories, regardless of what kind of genre. Especially in the most saddest yet heart warming way. Besides Grave Of The Fireflies of course). Then through out 30 minutes of the movie, you kind of have your introduction of Anna; basically the emotionless yet cruel attitude young girl who looks physically and mentally fine “on the outside”, but also has some sort of talent in drawing. The only problem with her, is that she suffers from asthma. And with her despite living a complicated life such as her knowing that she’s a foster child, is a lonely person who sometimes gets picked on, and even being at the state of hating her self for not being able to move on, just causes her intense stress. Which in turn, causes her to have asthma attacks due to the great amount of stress with her complicated life. Interesting enough, I can relate a lot to the character Anna. As in the movie, she was referred to as, “a hermit”. And I would consider my self a bit as well like a hermit. Also not to mention the that she references about her mentality, “on the inside”, and, “on the outside”. and how she looks quite neutral, physically, and how she doesn’t openly show her actual mentality filled with full of sad reality checks. Which strangely enough, sounds a lot like me, as I thought I was the only one who would have thought the same way as the character as Anna. I truly respect Hayao Miyazaki for even coming up with things as complicated as Anna’s life, but yet, I can relate to almost everything about her. Back onto the movie, where 40 minutes has passed, and I just couldn’t resist the friendship that occurred with Anna and Marnie. When they first met, it was like a instant sync, they’re both different, but it really did nott matter at all, and they were like the best of friends. And I really liked how that relationship goes throughout the movie; being the best of friends, never leaving each others side, and learning about each other everyday. And speaking of everyday, I also noticed a pattern of Marnie disappearing, and having Anna all by her self, just as if it was dream. And it really made me wonder, was it really a dream, or was it reality? Is she suffering from an asthma attack, is she going insane, or is it some kind of imaginary friend? But overall, I just wanted to know what the movie is trying to convey, what was the message of it? But moving on from that topic, (because I understood in the ending of the movie that it was an imaginary friend of someone whom she knew, but has died; her grandma, Marnie), after watching an hour into the movie, I’ve started to see some of the symbolism of the movie (which comes to the part where I cry in the end of the movie later on). Like when you hear Marnie singing away while dancing with Anna, and as well as Marnie’s diary. Of course there were some more kinds of symbolism in the movie, but, it would be really depressing to remember and tell them all, so I won’t be telling all of them (but hey, this can be a good discussion in the comments. Give me a comment if you can find any more symbolism’s throughout the movie 🙂 ). But during the one hour of watching the movie, We have a bigger back story on who Marnie was, and as well as on Anna. Knowing that both had hardships in their own lives, and basically helping each other out. With a hug at the end of course, which I thought was probably most harm warming thing ever. Now, later on in the movie, we find Anna being abandoned once again but in the Silo, and having her last dream about Marnie, and asking why Marnie “betrayed” her (Anna), for leaving her all alone like her family. At this point, I was at the verge of crying, but not quite there yet. Then Marnie asked Anna if she forgives her (Marnie). And at that point, I had some tears coming out. Then during the end of the movie, you even have more back story to Marnie, as she was apparently friends with Hisako, the painter that Anna saw during the 1/4th of the way of the movie. Then I shed tears after the story was told, as Marnie’s daughter, Emily, was exactly the same as Anna growing up, and finding out that Marnie was actually Anna’s grand mother, and not some made up friend. And then the movie eneded with the credits, and it had the most saddest but beautiful song; “Fine On The Outside”. The song reminded me a lot of the character Anna, and it made me cry for the third but last time. The lyrics were just beautiful and true to think about, but yet, it was more about a sad like reality check. But it was definitely the best way to end the movie.
(Fine On The Outside)
For my overall thoughts on this beautiful animated movie, I’d just like say it was perfectly mysterious. Not knowing what’s going on in the beginning, but finding out the true meanings later on in the story. It just left me with tears where it was the only Animated movie to truly make me cry, or for any movie for that matter, and that really says a lot for this movie created from a great writer, Hayao Miyazaki. Definitely another one of my favorite Studio Ghibli Movies. And if I would give it a rating, I’d give it a 10/10. Studio Ghibli never disappoints me, and each movie is like a little piece that’s continually building up to be a master piece! A story telling legend with only the best kind of animating style. By doing it how it was meant to be done, all hand drawn. -Mark Yang
Before I go, I’d just like to point out that this movie was based on an actual book with the same name, but with the original creator of the story named, Joan G. Robinson. I thought it was pretty interesting, and I’m thinking on reading the book myself. But maybe for another time.
I Also found out that the 2015 winner for best animation from the Academy Award was awarded to the American Animated Movie, Inside Out. Which I was surprised and quite angry to find out. But I guess it’s what’s popular and over rated nowadays, and not about the story (I really hate my generation. No joke. EDIT: No offense by the way to the people that are my followers from A.E Burdick, and just my peers in general if they took offense to this). But I’m still glad that it was a nominee for the Academy Award. (YES!)
Anyways, I had fun watching this movie, and I’m sorry for being gone for quite some time. But thank you guys for always reading my posts, no matter if I’m gone! So see you guys later, peace!