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 .  

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature

Critics Choice Award Nomination: Best Animated Feature

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature

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