The film centers on Mary: a young girl who is having trouble fitting in her new home. However when Mary discovers a mysterious flower in the woods, her life is turned upside down when the flower grants Mary the ability to use magic which leads her to find a magical school full of witches and warlocks. The plot of Mary and the Witch’s Flower was effective as the tale was a fantasy adventure through and through. The one aspect that I found so fascinating was the world that the story created. The concept of magic and science was unique as it was an element that made me eager to see more. The plot had few surprises to it as many of the plot points felt too simplistic. Yet it was how the story played out that made the difference as the narrative could be unexpecting in particular areas. One thing that work against the plot it was its pacing. Though the story’s fast moving narrative made for a thrilling adventure, it did prevent the plot from allowing details to flourish. All things considering the plot of Mary and the Witch’s Flower had me wanting to see more, and that was as much of a benefit as it was a hindrance for the film.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower was, without a doubt, a enlightening animated film. Though it held few surprises in both story and character, the movie made up for its issues by having a strong execution in all of its aspects. Through it sense of fun and adventure, Mary and the Witch’s Flower was a experience that was both simple and compelling; which in my book makes Studio Ponoc’s first movie a worthy successor to the name Studio Ghibli.