Movie Review: The Secret World of Arrietty In Theaters Now!

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Cast Members: Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler and Carol Burnett in Los Angeles to promote the film.

Rosie and I went to see The Secret World of Arrietty and loved it!  I haven’t seen Rosie so excited about a movie since Tangled.  She was laughing and enjoying the whole movie.  I enjoyed the stunning animation.  The garden and wildflower scenes were absolutely gorgeous.  Like seeing a panorama of lush watercolor paintings.  Just beautiful!    After the movie, we came home and Rosie said, “After we buy the DVD, can we watch it over and over?”  I’m guessing this is one that she will memorize.

I posted about the plot of The Secret World of Arrietty before, but it is the animation that gave me the most enjoyment.  Rosie had seen many commercials on tv for the movie and she loved explaining parts of it to me.  (yes, I apologize to the people sitting around us in the theater!) She would lean over and whisper things like, “Mom, it looks like a pin, but it’s a sword for a Borrower.”  It truly helped that she was familiar with the idea of the movie before we went.  Just a few minutes into the movie, Rosie said loudly, “Mom, that’s Teddy!”.  She recognized the voice of Bridgit Mendler from her role on Good Luck Charlie.

My least favorite part of the movie was the portrayal of the mother and the father.  The mother was bizarre – but there were laugh out loud guffaws in the theater.  Especially the children loved her!  If you see it, let me know if you agree though that she had too many wrinkles?  Even we older moms look better than that *smile*.  And the father?  He was supposed to be stoic, but I thought it was a bit too stiff.  Carol Burnett’s character, the housekeeper, was downright scary.  Arrietty and Sean, the two children (borrower and human) were delightful.  Arrietty was brave and fun.  Shawn was protective and caring.


The Secret World of Arrietty is one of those movies that will be better seen in a theater, so I recommend that you round up the kids and check this one out!  The DVD is going to be in our house eventually, but I’m glad we were able to see it on the big screen.

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