“ Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the upcoming Academy Awards, Mirai is a delightfully nostalgic, warm-hearted & wonderfully evocative tale of childhood & parenting that explores coming-of-age elements through the eyes of a little kid who finds a portal that enables him to travel through time into his family's past & future.
“ It seemed to me the story a father left home to care for a little boy and his infant sister would write, musing on the weird and yet very recognizable behavior of the boy and raising the babbling baby to the rank of unpredictable natural disaster or even antagonist.
“The time traveling sequences are dreamy and sometimes a bit slow, but nonetheless enjoyable.
“ I feel like the middle of the film is dragged too long and that the film could have been shorter or ore interesting in the middle.
“ I saw this movie last night and having never seen any anime films before I was a little skeptical, but in the end was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
“ The art, moreover, was stunning, and it almost looked like it was an actual live action movie at times and not an anime.
“ It is still a pleasant and enjoyable film throughout, and it's undoubtedly more family-friendly than any of Hosoda's other films, so while it's not perfect, it's definitely still worth the watch.
“Before we get into that, however, I will say that Mirai is a fairly enjoyable film right the way through.
“ Crafted with affection, told with sincerity & exhibiting a childlike simplicity in its presentation, Mamoru Hosoda's latest is another fascinating addition to his canon and is well-deserving of a broader viewership.
“ Honestly, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.
“As I said earlier, the film's central theme is a little simplistic compared to what Hosoda has brought in the past, however, come the finale, he finally crafts a scenario that allows the raw emotion and drama of what the story is about, and with an equal improvement in the screenplay's depth, Mirai comes to a stunning and moving conclusion.
“ the attention to the details is great you can see this in the way things move or when unexpected things like falling happens during anime & music mixed by anime is good too.
“ It's a coming of age film, where the age is quite small.
“ There is absolutely nothing to like about the main character, and there is NO STORY ARC.
“ This character development was poorly done and the supernatural parts were just confusing as hell, there's no explanation or exposition for ANYTHING, he goes on a travel through time then comes back and learns a lesson, rinse and repeat.
“Fortunately, while I can't say I was all too impressed by the first two acts, the film's final vignette proves a stunning conclusion, finally bringing about the depth of emotion and sense of wonderment that everything before was so disappointingly lacking in.