“Spirited Away”: The Best Animated Movie

Most people familiar with Miyazaki consider Spirited Away to be his finest work, and for good reason. Of all his movies, Spirited Away perhaps feels the most resonant because of its iconic and poetic imagery, or because of its familiar story of a child from the ordinary world going on an adventure in a fantasy world. There is a dedication to excellence evident in the film’s stylistic execution; everything is drawn with both elegance and loving care. The movie is committed to evoking beauty both visually and emotionally; in other words, it embodies the ideal of what art should be. To…