Mirai, a family friendly feature arriving in theaters later this month, is the latest film from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children). The story of Mirai is one that benefits from the flexibility and imagination that only the medium of animation can provide. It follows four-year-old Kun as he attempts to deal with the arrival of a new member of the family, his baby sister Mirai. When Kun finds himself unable to cope with the loss of his parents’ attention and the changing dynamics within the household, he seeks solace in a magical, indoor garden that allows him to travel through time and interact with some surprising characters.
Mirai is an expertly focused tale that centers on Kun and his family members but has the freedom to move through time and space thanks to the magical garden. The various settings Kun travels to are explored through beautiful animation and unique sequences that set each era apart. And while it’s a lovely enough tale of one child’s imagination on the surface, it’s an even better examination of the complicated relationships that make up a family, even across multiple generations.
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