Mirai is the latest movie directed by Hosoda. The same person who has made countless amazing movies such as Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Boy and Beast. The movie is about a 4 years old kid, name Kun, who just had a new sister and feeling like his parents are paying attention more to the sister than him, and that they don’t love him as much. After throwing some tantrum, he goes to the backyard only to see mysterious and magical thing start to happen, involving him meeting people both from the past, present and future including a future version of his sister.
As I said Hosoda has made countless great movies, and this is really no exception. The movie is a slice of life with some magical moment put in every other scene to teach Kun a lesson, and try to make him grow and appreciate his sister. With the slice of life scene being heartwarming, charming and fun due to the fact that the family, do feel like an actual family. You can see their struggle of trying to take care of the kids, while also having other responsibilities. They, not a perfect family, but you can see the love and care they have for each other. While Kun can be a giant pain in the butt troublemaker, it does feel realistic. It just does a great job of showing a kid insecurity and attachment to their parents. I mean many shows and movies have gone over the concept of kids feeling neglected after their parents have a new baby, but the movie manages to actually capture how a kid feel. With the magical scene being a way to teach him a lesson and to grow empathy. With those scenes having some really great message for kids about empathy, for their parents and for any new siblings. Also, I do like how those magical scenes (that might or might not be his imagination) are not use constantly, having a nice balance of slice of life sparse with some scene of the kid most likely using his imagination to have a bunch of different adventures. So in many aspects, I say it is sort of like My Neighbor Tortoro, except the whimsical scenes, actually serve a purpose (yes I did just say that). With the slice of life moment just being that, a kid just having normal ordeal most little kids have. Like being yelled at by their mom for making a mess, riding a bike, and not finding your favorite color pants. Those small problems that do seem huge to a kid, but still shown as small problems. Giving a story about a kid learning to get along with his sister and learn that despite the amount of attention the new baby gets, his family still loves him. Making for a heartwarming, fun, charming movie with some whimsical moments spread out in the movie. Granted if I do have to point out some flaws, I guess the writing for the Kun's imagination could be written a bit better. As it is a bit uncertain whether he is imagining everything, or there some unknown magical force. The reason I say it might be a magical force is due to some of the thing in his imagination, have some things he might not know about. I mean it is totally plausible he does but having it be shown before he starts having those imaginations might have helped to clear that up. Also, the movie does start a pattern of Kun does something bad, go to the backyard, has an imagination, learn a lesson, rinse and repeat. So the movie can feel a bit repetitive but manages to make it all work, and has a nice variety with the imagination sequences to give a satisfying and a complete movie.
The animation in this movie is of course great. It is Hosoda signature hand-drawn animation. If you have seen his other films, you will like the animation and art style. I say the biggest thing that stood out in the movie is the facial expression. Like just like how the main character starts crying is just so good, as you see a decent amount of detail as he transitions into crying as his face starts turning red. The characters just feel alive in this movie, and I cannot praise it enough. Also love some of the different art styles in the movie, especially toward the end where the movie surprisingly got dark, and it was just a visual wonder. Being a great representation of Kun's fears. Granted, there is some rather awful and noticeable CGI in the movie. I mean the movie barely has any bad CGI, but Kun dog is CGI for the most part and it just looks out of place in almost every scene the dog is in. Which is distracting, but not enough to detract me from what is a gorgeous looking movie. With the soundtrack equally being great and managing to make all emotional beats be effective.
One thing I got to mention before I wrap up my thoughts, is the fact that the movie plot is somewhat similar to the Oscar-nominated movie, The Boss Baby (This is why nobody cares about the Oscars). With both movies being about a kid with a hyperactive imagination having a new sibling they hate due to them getting all the attention from their parents. Showing that two movies with similar premise can be so vastly different. One can be mediocre, while the other one can actually be a good movie. And I found Mirai to be a heartwarming and a fun slice of life movie about a brother learning to get along with his new baby sister. With great animation for the most part and good soundtrack. I give this movie a B+
It been a while since I posted here lol. Almost finish with school, so I might be visiting here more. Also the theater experience was awful aside for hanging around with my friend and the movie being great. I had to walk out of the movie twice to tell them about the problem with the projector, because there always have to be something wrong when I watch these types of movie. Like last time I watch MFKZ, a japanese/french movie, with the movie starting at 8pm, despite the ticket saying 7pm. At the very least the movie actually came out in a theater close to me which was great.
Also this got nominated in the Golden-Globe awards for best animation, so it has a high chance of getting nominated by the Oscar. I mean if they just copy and paste the Golden-Globe like they did last year, the list will infinitely be better than last year. Which had The Boss baby and Ferdinand for some reason. And no anime movies despite Silent Voice and In this Corner of the World being a thing.
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