Mirai (2018)

MAMORU HOSODA

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

Original Title:  Mirai no Mirai

, 2018, , , , , , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , Screenplay by Mamoru Hosoda.  Produced by , , , Music by Production Design by , , , , Costume Design by Film Editing by Academy Awards 2018Golden Globe Awards 2018Online Film Critics Awards 2018.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2018.

A small family gets a little larger when mom and dad come home from the hospital with a baby girl that they name Mirai.  Older brother Kun is thrilled with his new little sister, but it isn’t long before a home buzzing around the needs of an infant falls into the inevitable chaos that the bundle of joy brings:  mom and dad are fighting about sharing duties, and Kun is going through issues with sibling rivalry.  Stepping out into his little garden behind the house, our pint-sized hero discovers something magical, the tree in his yard is enchanted and acts as something of a portal to other worlds.  The people it brings to him are actually from different time periods of his family’s lineage, including his great-grandfather as a young man and his own little sister as a grown woman (“Mirai” means future), all to teach him about the bigger picture and his place in the timeline of continuity that family constitutes.  Lovingly animated with a sensitive touch to its characters flaws and needs, this sweet and unassuming film falters when it pushes its sentimental keys a bit too hard, particularly in the overwrought ending, but it blends its keen observations of the frustrations of everyday life with the delicate magic of its supernatural elements smoothly.

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