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With: Rebecca Hall, John Cho, Jaden Waldman, Victoria Grace, Crispin Freeman, Eileen T'Kaye, Daniel Dae Kim
Written by: Mamoru Hosoda
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including some scary images
Running Time: 98
Date: 11/30/2018
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Mirai (2018)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Tree of Life

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Mamoru Hosoda's anime Mirai perhaps contains too many scenes of its young protagonist, Kun, throwing tantrums and wailing and crying, but it's otherwise a soaringly beautiful film, as open-aired and pulsingly rhythmic as the best anime. Little Kun is finding life hard after the birth of his baby sister, but his flights of fancy introduce him to the human spirit of his pet dog, teenage Mirai from the future, his great-grandfather as a young man, and even a quasi-haunted train station. The film takes its time, allowing pauses and moments to breathe, and it never seems incurably crazy. It's a touching achievement. I viewed the English-dubbed version, with Rebecca Hall and John Cho as the voices of the parents.

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