(Movie Review) Mirai // Spoiler-Free

Other names: Mirai of the Future, Mirai no Mirai, Future Girl’s Future

Literally means Mirai’s Future

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Produced by Nozomu Takahashi, Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi, Genki Kawamura

Language: Japanese

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Drama

Starring: Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso, Mitsuo Yoshihara, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho and Masaharu Fukuyama

Music by Masakatsu Takagi

Edited by Shigeru Nishiyama

Synopsis:  In a quiet corner of the city, four-year-old Kun Oota has lived a spoiled life as an only child with his parents and the family dog, Yukko. But when his new baby sister Mirai is brought home, his simple life is thrown upside-down; suddenly, it isn’t all about him anymore. Despite his tantrums and nagging, Mirai is seemingly now the subject of all his parents’ love.

To help him adapt to this drastic change, Kun is taken on an extraordinary journey through time, meeting his family’s past, present, and future selves, as he learns not only what it means to be a part of a family, but also what it means to be an older brother.

Review

I found the movie simple but entertaining and relatable. Though I don’t have a younger sibling or siblings, as a child all you can think of is attention. That’s what this is movie is about – Kun throwing tantrums to get his parents to notice. But all he got was the harsh reality that “attention” fades as you grow older. It is part of growing up.
 
It was a bit strange at first when the fantasy element came to play. I thought it was Kun’s imagination. It could be or it couldn’t – it was up to the viewers to believe that such a thing can happen. I like it in a movie where it is up to the viewers to think whatever. I love that it is both experimental and meaningful. I like surprises! And what’s even cooler that it ties into the main plot. LIKE this thing happening to Kun as he travels through time IS meant to be. If you enjoy Meet the Robinsons, then I highly recommend this.

That concludes my review.

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