Mary and the Witches Flower

Mary and the Witches Flower

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Running Time: 102 minutes

It’s easy to hope for magic when the world isn’t going your way. Who doesn’t dream about snapping their fingers and watching all of the bad in the world fade away?

Hiroshima Yonebayashi’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower (adapted from the children’s book The Little Broomstick) takes a look at what that might be like.

The story revolves around Mary, a young girl desperate to be helpful and to find a cure for her boredom in her town full of adults. Eventually she meets another child her age, but she and the young boy, Peter, don’t get on as hoped. After a few less-than-pleasant interactions, Mary and Peter find each other insufferable. Unfortunately, they’ll have to work together to get themselves out of the trouble they’ve caused with some magical and cranky folks.

While the plot is certainly that of a film aimed at children, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a bright spectacle of color and sound that will play well for all ages. The hopeful and uplifting score perfectly conveys the tone of the movie, tugging at your heart strings at all of the right moments and pairing perfectly with the vivid and fun colors. Studio Ponoc brought a film that looks, tastes and feels like Studio Ghibli.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the perfect comfort movie for Miyazaki lovers that are missing the way his movies made them feel. Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award®-winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.

~~ Amelia Emberwing,