Review of Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Mary Queen of PlotsSign in. The first four bite-size episodes of IMDb's first original scripted series, " You're Not a Monster ," are available now. Watch now. Title: Mary and the Witch's Flower A year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship
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Review of Mary and the Witch’s Flower
The film tells a story of a girl named Mary Smith who finds "fly-by-night", a mysterious flower that can give her the power to become a witch for only one night. The bored, friendless girl tries to make herself useful through chores, but she repeatedly messes up. A local boy named Peter teases her for both her clumsiness and her wild red hair , which she hates. Tib-cat and Gib-cat, Peter's cats, lead Mary to some mysterious glowing flowers. Zebedee, the estate gardener, identifies the flowers as "fly-by-night"; legend has it that witches covet the flower for its magical power.
They really stirred the imagination. I felt like those clouds had been an inspiration for British writers to create lots of fantasy works. It looked as if some hidden castle were about to emerge from them. Yonebayashi opted to retain the original setting, so despite being Japanese in name and manufacture, the film feels quintessentially and unmistakably British, from the chintzy furnishings to the toaster in the kitchen to the herbaceous borders in the garden. Also, in the original book, nature is very beautifully and carefully portrayed: forests, gardens, flowers and plants, so we really needed to visit England to see the actual setting. Those were transposed to Japanese settings, largely for the benefit of domestic audiences.
On Tuesday evening, ahead of the UK release date of 4 May, there were advance screenings of the film in Japanese with English subtitles. Reader, I watched it. And loved it, and will certainly watch it again. We were in Screen 2 and even although the event was sold out the room cannot hold more than about fifty people, so it was an intimate experience where you get a good idea of how others are reacting to the film too. The Cameo provided goodies in the form of a poster and a sheet summarising the background to the film and film studio. The Little Broomstick was named on the sheet but Mary Stewart herself was not.