Movie Review - Mary and the Witch's Flower
Aside from a wealth of animated films, there's also a good number of live-action films that spring to mind. One recent, potential blockbuster is A Wrinkle in Time by Ava DuVernay. It's about a young girl who goes on a magical and part scientific adventure. Yonebayashi's film is at its core the same thing. This film is better written in that it's very simple but yet still wondrous and more affecting emotionally. It doesn't feel as disjointed as DuVernay's film. It's not as ambitious as DuVernay's film. It uses ideas and iconography that's more familiar, so that helps it. DuVernay's film was based on a popular book but culturally speaking, more people know a flying broomstick more than they know what a "tesser" is.
Otherwise, it's a very simple story, a simple adventure for a young girl not unlike Dorothy or Alice from the aforementioned films. She can't ultimately rely on others, although others do help, but, in the end she has to rely on her own wits and determination to get through or solve problems. Like with A Wrinkle in Time, the girl gets to rescue the boy and it can be empowering as a tale for members of the female persuasion.
Rated PG-13 for some action and thematic elements.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 42 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.