Mirai (2018)

This film was kinda hard work.

It’s a family drama with a few fantastical elements but I felt mostly like I was locked inside the tantrum of one small boy for most* of the movie.

Having said that, there are a few wonderful forays into other places and times that expand the setting and add whimsy and also pack emotional weight as well… but for too much of the running time I found myself sitting through scenes of Kun’s jealous whining. (And yeah, he is just a little kid struggling with change, as is the whole family, but I didn’t enjoy it much).

Elsewhere the gender stereotypes are perhaps a little dull and I didn’t finish the movie feeling particularly uplifted, which is something I’ve come to expect from Mamoru Hosoda films. (Having said that, quite obviously not every single film he or any other creator makes has to be uplifting at all.)

Mirai is still visually beautiful and I really enjoyed the variety in the sort of single setting of the home, but the highlights for me were the scenes where Kun meets and learns about his grandfather – I’d watch a whole anime about that in a flash.

Not my favourite Mamoru Hosoda film by any stretch but it certainly might be your thing.

2 Stars

(Cool to hear Tatsuro Yamashita in the opening though).

* Of course, I am exaggerating when I say ‘most’ but it was too much for me.

9 thoughts on “Mirai

  1. It does feel strange as an anime fan to say this, but I haven’t seen that many Hosoda works besides Digimon: The Movie even though I didn’t know it at the time. It does feel kind of weird with the title given how that name is “future” in Japanese especially given his first work The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Haha! I don’t think I’ve seen a review with that low a star count from you in a while. Maybe it’s because I think you’re one of the more positive, yet still grounded anibloggers out there.

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    1. It’s a nice little circle, huh? 🙂

      If you come across ‘Summer Wars’ or ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ I reckon they’d be good second Hosoda films to try out perhaps.

      And thanks! Yeah, it’s been a while – I have another 2 star coming up in the future, but I’m still struggling to make much headway one the ‘Perfect Blue’ review 😀

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      1. Very much so.

        I’ve seen some clips of Summer Wars a long time ago, but never the whole movie.

        You’re welcome. I can certainly use that positivity more often with my posts. To be fair, one doesn’t simply make a regular review of Perfect Blue. 🙂

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