The Boy and the Beast
“I hate cry babies,” Kumatetsu (Kôji Yakusho)
Has director Mamoru Hosoda inherited the animation crown from the now retired Hayao Miyazaki? Hosoda’s last four films have vast imagination, energetic vibrancy and a deep interest in emotional lives. Though, they are not quite in the same league of the Studio Ghibli maestro, who arguably only put one foot askew with HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. Hosoda’s work is prone to melodrama, and would benefit from dialling back any hint of gloop – the only bum note of otherwise compelling fare. THE BOY AND THE BEAST is least reliant on sentiment. Arguably the director’s current pinnacle, this is his equivalent of THE JUNGLE BOOK.
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