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Rebecca Hall as Mother
John Cho as Father
Daniel Dae Kim as Great Grandfather
Crispin Freeman as Mysterious Man
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Reviewed by kxyang 2 / 10

An honest in depth review (Before you judge, read my review)

I love anime. I love classics like Ghost in The Shell, Akira, Ninja Scroll, Grave of the Fireflies, and much more. I was expecting something amazing like Spirited Away, but this movie is seriously the worst animated movie I have ever seen. I'll explain why.

This movie is pretty much the exact same story as The Simpsons' episode, "Lisa's First Word." Young boy gets a new baby sister, he becomes jealous because everything "was" about him, he treats the sister badly, and in the end he (kinda) learns a lessons.The only difference is that The Simpsons' episode is only 25 minutes, while this movie is stretch to 90 minutes. I have never fell asleep in a movie theater before, and I came so close to sleeping while watching this movie.

Ok, so the story is not very original, that is fine. It is all about the execution. Spirited Away is very similar to Alice in Wonderland, but the magic of Miyazaki made it very special. The worst thing about this movie is the main boy character, Kun. I asked myself while watching this, "Did the director really needed to make the main boy character the most annoying brat ever put in an animated movie?" 20 minutes in the movie I was actually telling myself, "I hope this kid doesn't act like this throughout the movie." Sad thing is he acts like a total unlikable brat for 85 minutes, and then the final 5 minutes we are suddenly supposed to accept the fact that this boy suddenly cares about his baby sister, who he often smacks on the head with a toy train out of anger. There is absolutely nothing to like about the main character, and there is NO STORY ARC. He complains about everything, yells at his parents, and throws toys everywhere just to make his parents angry. Ok, he wants attention, we get it! Geez.

Things in this movie just happens, there is no reason behind it. There is no reason why suddenly the dog that Kun's family has had for years can now just transform into an adult male and talk to Kun in his backyard. There is no reason why Kun suddenly meets his adult sister from the future. She just appears out of nowhere, without any explanation. At first I thought they were just a figure of Kun's imagination, but they are actually there. They walk around the house and hide from the father. There is no real story with them, it just suddenly ends. The movie just suddenly ends without finishing any story arcs.

There is no narrative structure with this movie at all. The best I can say is that things just randomly happen for no reason. This movie doesn't build up to anything, it is just scene 1, then scene 2, then scene 3, without having any real link between them.

Example~Kun hits baby sister, then a few days later his dog suddenly turns into a man, then Kun takes the tail and turns into a dog running around the house ~ then Kun suddenly meets his adult sister and she tells him to remove a statue ~ then suddenly Kun wants to learn to ride bike and complains ~ then suddenly he becomes a brat and wants to run away because he wanted to wear yellow instead of blue.

There is zero story structure with this horrible film. It all builds up to a short 2-3 minute where basically Kun is told that "Everything happens for a reason and that he needs to stop being a brat." Kun suddenly then makes a 180 degree character turn and becomes a good boy. What a cheap, lazy, lame, and horrible way to "try" to make the audience care about this character.

Another horrible thing about this movie that "almost" made me walk out of the theater was the voice acting for Kun. I saw the Japanese version. All he does is say "Otosan!!!! Okasan!!! Otosan!!! Okasan!!! (Father, Mother)" throughout this entire movie. I was pulling my hair out and had NEVER EVER had a theater experience like this in MY ENTIRE LIFE. I was tossing and turning on my chair, trying to hold my anger in. He complains and whines for the majority of his dialogue, and this Kun character is hands down the worst thing ever created from a Japanese studio. I rather listen to Navi from Zelda go "Hey Listen, Hey Listen, Hey Listen, Stop, Watch out," for 90 minutes than watch this movie again.

I DO NOT KNOW HOW THIS MOVIE GOT SUCH HIGH REVIEWS FROM CRITICS! I get that this director is legendary and did some great movies, but we have to judge things not from their line of work, but from what is in front of us. He might have made some of the greatest anime movies of all time, and now he has just made the very worst anime movie ever.

The only good thing about this movie is that the animation is superb, and there is a very cool looking "stop motion" creature at the tail end of the movie. There is no memorable music, and the characters are not interesting at all.

I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW BAD THIS MOVIE IS, and I give it a 2/10 just because of the nice animation. Honestly, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.

Reviewed by ayoreinf 9 / 10

The Japanese family concept manifested in a fun and clever film

A few short days after watching Ambiguous Places and feeling that I don't get Japanese humor, I got a chance to mend things between me and the Japanese sense of humor. This is a very Japanese family story, that manages to be universal at the same time.

Charming witty and fun, all the way through. Superb animation of nature, nature's phenomanons (think of the falling snow) and city surroundings. The people as always with Japanese anima, are secondery. but it doesn't hurt the overall result. One of the best real life fantasies I've seen from Japan or anywhere else in a very long while. Kids will love it and will identify with the four years old hero and his lovely family. Adults will love its wit and wisdom.

Reviewed by politic1983 6 / 10

Patience and perspective

Kon Ichikawa's 1962 film "Watashi wa nisai" was translated to "Being Two Isn't Easy" for English-speaking audiences. Without seeing it, you get a fair idea of what the film is about from the title alone. Mamoru Hosoda's "Mirai" (or "future") isn't quite such an obvious title, though naming it "Being Four and Becoming a Big Brother Isn't Easy" wouldn't quite give the game away either.

A semi-autobiographical work, Mamoru Hosoda's film tells of learning patience and perspective in a film that is both close to reality and fantastical. These switches can perhaps annoy, but anyone living with a toddler will be able to sympathise to some extent, but your overall reaction to "Mirai" might be dependent on your life situation, and indeed, like a two year-old, your current mood.

Four year-old Kun's parents have just had a second baby: daughter Mirai. This new addition angers Kun, no longer the sweet little one of the household, able to walk and talk, he is not given the attention he is used to. Fighting his parents, he also tries to fight his little sister.

Frequently left frustrated, whenever passing the oak tree in his architect father's quirkily-designed house, in true "Christmas Carol" tradition, he meets a spirit that gives him a life lesson. Their pet dog as a prince, felt abandoned since Kun was born; a teenage Mirai letting him know her feelings as to his behaviour towards her; his mother at his age - not the strict disciplinarian she has become; and his great grandfather who teaches him to be brave.

Switching between the household base and the various scenarios in time, Kun is not quick to learn from his family members' teachings. But, as for any toddler, it takes time and reinforcement for him to finally realise Mirai as his little sister and see himself as the big brother he is needed to be.

As the film's opening shows, this is a film of exquisite detail and has been carefully considered. The detail in the animation is rich, giving "Mirai" an almost 3D feel. The character movements and mannerisms are well thought-out and realistic and recall the opening moments of a Studio Ghibli film.

To some extent, the reality of the scenario also has this same level of due care and attention, reflecting Hosoda's own life experience as a father to an older son and younger daughter. One cannot help but relate to the mother and father's predicament: the father taking on the parenting while working from home while the mother goes back to work. This is designed so that each character can see the world from the perspective of the others. The father is now a "better dad" compared to his involvement in raising Kun, being at home all day and having to take on more responsibility. Kun is not the only one who has to see things from the viewpoint of another. And a few parents in the audience might agree.

However, as the parents do not get as much airtime as Kun, their scenario isn't fully developed enough to make this a film aimed at adults struggling to raise young children. While one can relate to the struggles, the realism is more in Kun's mannerisms and behaviour, rather than the film's story and conclusions. The parents' dialogue can perhaps be a little too open, direct and articulate to accurately reflect the struggle. And for some, the revelations may seem obvious for the amount of struggle to get there, but so much in life is, until taking a step back.

Like a toddler's mood and behaviour, the film switches continuously. The changes to the future and past selves can make this more a collection of life lessons for Kun, rather than a complete whole. But each day comes with its own challenges and having to start again from scratch. As such, "Mirai" doesn't drag on or bore.

The more fantastical elements might be a little difficult for some to take, myself included (and why I do not watch as much anime as I could - in fact, this is a film I might normally avoid). These can somewhat detract from the realism approach in the present day scenario, though his meeting with his younger mother leads to some of the strongest visual elements of the film.

The ending, however, feels a little too far into the fantastical. With the film's strengths more in the subtle nuances of Kun's behaviour, the ending feels a bit more blatant in its delivery of fear factor and can feel a little disappointing, and more in-line with more young adult-aimed anime. Having a hint of "Spirited Away" in its conclusion, the ending could have perhaps been more refined.

But with both good and bad elements, "Mirai" is very much like a child. Parents will be able to relate to Kun's difficult behaviour and frustration, and this may give it enough to overlook the weaker points, as they would their own children. Without this standpoint however, "Mirai" might not have the same effect and feel like a lot of bumpy emotion rather avoided.

Essentially, being four and becoming a big brother isn't easy, and watching it isn't either, and your response might be down to your level of patience and perspective.

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