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The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.Written by
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Kun (High Schooler):
That's just awful. Yep, a complete wreck. I'm talking about your attitude. Boy, does it stink.
[looks inside train station, sees a high schooler sitting inside]
Kun (High Schooler):
You're supposed to go camping, am I right? Catch bugs, watch fireworks, all that stuff. And you guys will be staying at your grandparents' place. It's the summer you've all been looking forward to. Think of all the happy memories you could be making together. But instead you don't wanna go. Why is that?
Uh... how do ...
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Well crafted, with a questionable voice casting decision.
As with all Hosoda-movies, this one is very well crafted as well. Beautiful animation and backgrounds, perfect image composition and a somewhat arthouse story. It was a pleasure to watch. While I watched it I thought it had some lenghty passages, but after I went out of the film I had no regrets whatsoever, the movie grows on you and it shows once again, who is, imho, the new hope of japanese animation. Way better than "Your Name" in my opinion. That one was somehow cold and manipulating. Hosoda, on the other side, manages to always have a warm, friendly baseline and doesn´t have to hammer in the emotional points he wants to show, they come naturally, a fine understatement-way of filmmaking. Truly beautiful.
The only thing that really annoyed me was the japanese voice actress who played Kun, the main character. This voice was a complete miscast. I get it that you can´t (or at least would have to make a giant effort) cast a real child for a part as demanding as this one, but the voice was simply bad and took very much from the experience. Especially incomprehensible with Japan´s giant stock of good voice actresses specialised on playing child-characters (not that I could name any...). More than a mild annoyance.
But overall, very well again, Hosoda!
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