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The Boy and the Heron (2023)

The Boy and the Heron
Movie The Boy and the Heron (2023)
Real Title 君たちはどう生きるか
Rating 7.4
Aired 2023-07-14
Duration 124 Min
Subtitle Esub
Sources IMDB | TMDB




Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Anime Movies, Anime Movies English Dub, Anime Movies English Sub, Hollywood Movies, English Movies, Dual Audio, Japanese Movies


Studio Ghibli


Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Keiko Takeshita


Hayao Miyazaki


Hayao Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki


Taglines: Where death comes to an end, life finds a new beginning.


based on novel or book, loss of loved one, world war ii, education, coming of age, spirituality, poverty, teenage boy, troubled childhood, semi autobiographical, moving to a city, anime, thoughtful, hand drawn animation, serious, magic world, courage, bold, powerful


While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one."



Author: msbreviews
MORE SPOILER-FREE MINI-REVIEWS @ THE BOY AND THE HERON is a visually captivating film that struggles to balance all of its storylines and themes. Technically, no faults. The visuals are nothing short of breathtaking, with each shot meticulously detailed and rich in storytelling. The animation is a true work of art, drawing viewers into a world of wonder and magic. The sound design and score complement the visuals beautifully, enhancing the overall viewing experience. And finally, the film retains the typical Ghibli humor that fans have come to love, sprinkling lighthearted moments throughout the narrative. However, Hayao Miyazaki succumbs to his ambition. The filmmaker tries to incorporate too many ideas, resulting in a somewhat confusing, messy narrative, particularly in the transitions between different characters, locations, and story arcs. THE BOY AND THE HERON stumbles in its attempt to juggle multiple ideas, but overall, it still manages to deliver a delightful, enchanting experience for fans of the studio's work. Rating: B-

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