mirai

★★★★

DIRECTOR: Mamoru Hosoda (summer wars, wolf children, the boy and the beast) 

STARRING: voices of Haru Kuroki, Moka Kamishiraishi, gen hoshino, and Masaharu Fukuyama 

REVIEWER: hadassah devis

A boy finds a magical garden that allows him to travel through time to meet his relatives from different eras.

4 year old Kum’s life is turned upside down upon the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. After years - literally his whole life - demanding the full attention of his parents, Kun struggles to cope with the division of attention until he embarks on a series of magical adventures with past-or-future versions of his family members.

 

Director Mamoru Hosoda has taken a beautifully simple concept and interwoven it with complex characters, brutally realistic relationships, and… a time-shifting garden.

 

Giving a witty and wonderful toddler-eye perspective on the arrival of a new family member, Mirai marries the contrasting worlds of stark reality and wonderful fantasy into a seamless, heartwarming tale of discovery.

 

However, it is Mirai’s relatability that sets it apart. It will be one of the few films you will have the opportunity to watch where everyone laughs out loud at the same time, cries at the same time and cheers at the same time.

 

A charming and unique experience, Mirai is a must see.

 

★★★★

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