As the title suggests the visuals are simply amazing, as is the sound, both effects and music. The brilliant combination of beautiful animation and carefully executed sound effects along with an excellent score bring the world of the Borrowers to life; it is almost like actually seeing through Arrietty's eyes. The movie is worth seeing just for its unparalleled art. From the fluid plant and animal life to the surprisingly accurate depiction of rain it is simply put one of the most beautiful films ever. It is like a painting come to life.
That's the high point. The low point is the story. While not bad, it is simple and predictable. This is okay, because really the film is character driven. The interaction between the characters is heartwarming and they undergo enough character development to make them both interesting and likeable and the voice acting is very good. Again however it is all fairly simple. Simple isn't necessarily bad, but this film is not an epic adventure like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. A good description of the movie is small
. It is heartwarming and entertaining and the art is amazing, but don't expect high adventure.
5/5 Stars. Despite the simple characters and storyline it is very enjoyable, especially if you are an animation fan or are looking for a good family movie that can be enjoyed equally by adults and children.