The Boy and the Beast
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.
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★★★★½ review by Laser on Letterboxd
I laughed, I cried, I smiled.
The Boy and the Beast surpassed every single one of my expectations, I adored this film. This is an emotional roller-coaster of a film, I cared, but not only that I cried, three times. The characters and their relationships felt so genuine that when they were in their worst moments, I felt legitimately bad for them and when they were in their best I smiled. This movie explores topics such as friendship, family, not knowing where you belong, etc. It's shockingly mature and it was wonderful handled. The animation is stunning, the music is beautiful, the story is heartbreaking and mature, the characters are fully developed, it's just fantastic. Within thirty minutes I knew that I was going to love this film and I sure as hell did. I didn't expect to give this movie five stars, but it left such an impact on me that I just have to. See this movie.
★★★★ review by Kevin Clarke on Letterboxd
No other filmmaker working today mixes the fantastic with the mundane as well as Mamoru Hosoda.
★★★★ review by Haydn Elmore on Letterboxd
89/100 (Very Strong)
Sorry for the amount of high rattings. It's just I've been seeing some really great 2016 films before my long waited best and worst of 2016 lists.
The Boy and the Beast is one of the entertaining, heartbreaking, and quite fascinating films of 2016.
The story takes different turns that kept me invested into the picture for the entire 2 hours, the characters are well developed and you care about them, the animation is beautiful, there were moments where it's either funny or sad that's handled very well, and the themes of friendship, family, trust, and understanding your place is done to near perfection.
A few films to go before finalizing the list people.
★★★½ review by Esteban Gonzalez on Letterboxd
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children are regarded as Mamoru Hosada's best animations, but his latest film The Boy and the Beast hasn't received too much attention. I found the animation to be breathtaking and beautiful while the relationship between the two main characters was sweet and authentic. It's basically a surrogate father and son relationship and you have some of the classic fantasy elements that are common in Japanese anime (not that I'm an expert or anything near it, but it's one thing I usually find in common with other animated films in the genre). The animation is at its strongest when the boy, Kyuta, is in the beast world where he is trained by the grumpy and aggressive Kumatetsu. There are some familiar elements to the disciple-master relationship we've seen in the past, so the film does lack some originality in that department. This magical world where the beasts live however is quite fascinating. The animation loses some of that power when it takes us back to the human world. I found the climax of the film to be flawed, but everything else about this beautiful animation works extremely well.
★★★★ review by ZombAid on Letterboxd
Hosoda has a visionary Mind when it come to Anime!
His Stories are always a charming delight with nice Characters, a good balance of humor and seriousness sprinkled throughout the Run-Time of his Flicks.
The Boy and the Beast makes no exception in that Regard!
Some nice Surprises awaits the one, who can look past the 'Run-by-the-Manga' Story for the first half of the Movie, even when it was not Brave enough at the end for me.
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