Deliberately eschewing the fast pace, strenuous action, frenzied special effects and wall-to-wall songs of the standard Disney animated feature, the film allows the audience to get to know the character of Kiki and feel the emotional highs and lows she undergoes in the course of her year in training.
Overall, thoroughly delightful tale is stronger on character and texture than on plot, with Miyazaki’s masterful use of quiet spaces and expansive moods (especially in flying segs) offering a fresh contrast to hyped-up Yank toons.
Kiki's Delivery Service may not be as imaginative as Miyazaki's top movies, but its service to the same sweet slice of life story-telling and flush energetic heroine may deliver fans everything their looking for while providing more of the usual visual craft.
Kiki's slow pace and light-on-conflict plot may surprise kids used to American animation, but it's difficult not to be won over by the film's endearing characters and beautiful animation, as well as a storyline that stresses the values of independence and friendship.
Kiki presents a world of fantasy in such a genteel, unforced manner that it only seems ordinary and mundane. As such, it feels like a touchstone for all of Miyazaki’s later, even greater works of cartoon storytelling art.
Let's start with the good. The background is beautiful. Characters are warn and unique, a joy to watch. (how this movie even managed a 3 from me)
Character art and music is serviceable. But the plot is utter trash. Every point of the plot both big and small is either nonsensical, contrived, or somehow both at the same time! (and a large amount of it is nonsense) Often the way a plot is contrived is getting Kiki to act inexplicably stupid, but it's contrived in many other very obvious ways too. I struggle to find any plot point of any significance at all of this that even is a little OK
So watch it for the beauty and warm characters and if you can turn off your brain (which I was not able to do) you can enjoy this. Kids can be better at this than adults so maybe show it to little kids. For others, the horrible practically nonexistent it's so bad plot will make them feel like they are losing brain cells. If I were to give all examples of plot issues, I'd basically also be "spoiling" the movie from beginning to end, not that such should matter to someone who doesn't give a **** about plot and a movie that doesn't have one.
I forced myself to watch the entire movie because I am a big fan of many other Studio Ghibli movies and wanted to give a complete review. Like if the plot started working at any point at all in the movie... It never did. Please don't down-vote my review just because you enjoyed this movie.