The Boy and the Heron

audience Reviews

, 88% Audience Score
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    The entire film was an incoherent mess. It got so lost in its own unintelligible vagueness that it never decided what it's plot was. Nothing was ever resolved, leaving me confused as to why anyone would call this a masterpiece.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    POV: it's 1986 and you are watching a Ghibli movie. Seriously though: how did they managed to once again create the same exact kind of pure screen magic as they always constantly do? ("Earwig and the Witch", "The Red Turtle", "My Neighbors the Yamadas" and "Pom Poko" notwithstanding?) This movie could have been created in 1986 in every inch, every storytelling choice, every little detail, and there is something unearthly about that. It was great to watch it on a large screen too, as the only other Ghibli movie that I have seen in cinema was "The Red Turtle", and that one was… not very great. I am glad, therefore, that I witnessed "The Boy and the Heron" this way, especially since this can very well be the last Miyazaki movie. As to the movie itself, the plot was some kind of a mess, but this is to be expected from a Ghibli movie, and from a Japanese animated feature in general (given the cultural differences and all.) But even so, it manages to tell us something about the profound topic of death and mourning – theme that seems to be somehow ever present in Miyazaki's cinematography, but here takes center place on the stage. There is no surprise, no "wow!" moment, as we have seen this all before in some way or another, but this is not the point. "The Boy and the Heron" does not try to be a blockbuster. It excels at being itself. You cannot but wonder, though ­– are the creators from Ghibli, and Miyazaki especially, ever tired of this all excellence, of being exactly that – themselves?
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The Boy and the Heron is all around a great movie if you are into the Studio Ghibli universe. It is has peak animation from the company since this is one of "last" movies from Miyazaki Hayao. Though if you try to follow this films message and all around plot, don't, its made there for you to wonder what happens with every second going by. After watching it in theaters with my girlfriend, we just scratched our heads but began to understand the message it was trying to convey. Me and her are big Ghibli fans so it was well worth the watch and is recommend for someone who has seen these films before. But if I was to admit it, this films animation is what really did it for me. It has beautiful scenery just like most Ghibli films but this one feels more HD if you can put it that way. So if you are looking for a confusing but interesting plot, then this is for you.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It's a great surrealist trip for a boy transcending grief and accepting an new life. The aesthetic experience is amazing. Ghibli doesn't disappoint.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I have to be honest, this feels like Miyazaki's weakest movie, some great visuals but otherwise uninspiring.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    it was so good, I recommend it to anyone
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A masterpiece from the begining to the end. Beautiful, poetic, strong message... A new masterpiece from the Sensei Miyazaki. Thanks for the experience.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    The first third was the best work of the creator's life! Once we get to the gate everything degenerates into disconnected chaos, and I found no pleasure in the film. I still hold Spirited Away as my favorite film, however.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Animation is great, but story line is confusing and the ending was disappointing. I left the movie theater extremely confused. Definitely not the ending everyone expects. I had to google the meaning of the story. Art wise, beautiful.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful story of understanding yourself through the world and the people in your life, here and gone. It's a movie where there's so much meaning in every frame, while still delivering a powerful message of moving forward to a better tomorrow while using the struggles of the past to live a fulfilling life full of love. The voice cast is fantastic ( only seen the dub, but I'm sure both are great), and yet another example of Miyazaki's time and masterful work paying off to deliver another excellent retirement film.