The Boy And The Heron Movie Review: A Cinematic Swan Song & Visual Masterpiece
'The Boy and the Heron' is slated for release in the US on December 8, 2023, with a UK date yet to be announced.
The Boy and the Heron, a 2023 release directed by Hayao Miyazaki, intricately weaves a narrative around Mahito Maki, a 12-year-old contending with the aftermath of his mother's tragic death in a Tokyo hospital fire.
Miyazaki's storytelling adeptly explores themes of grief, self-discovery, and the delicate balance between beauty and pain. As Mahito embarks on a journey guided by a heron, the film seamlessly transitions between a child's heroic adventure and an old man's poignant farewell.
Visually stunning, The Boy and the Heron captivates with breathtaking landscapes and imaginative scenes. Miyazaki, renowned for his visual prowess, delivers some of his most striking compositions. The film seamlessly combines familiar Ghibli elements with creative landscapes in a fantasy world, creating a cinematic spectacle.
The attention to detail, from the vibrant colors to the fantastical creatures, showcases the director's mastery in visual storytelling.
- Michael J. Casey from Boulder Weekly:Full of exuberant energy, astounding artistry and jaw-dropping creativity.
- Chris Knight from Original Cin:The Boy and the Heron is a treat for the eyes, the ears and the mind. Or the soul, if you prefer. Known for his wondrous animated images of natural splendour, fantastical creatures, and literal flights of fancy, he gives us all these and more.
- Randy Myers from San Jose Mercury News:Filled with elegantly rendered imagery that few other animated features could approach, it’s another lovely, lively fable that weaves a magical spell and is filled with ache and layered meaning.
- Barry Hertz from Globe and Mail:This is an achingly sincere act of storytelling from an artist who seems concerned about what the world that he helped build will look like when he is gone.
- Travis Hopson from Punch Drunk Critics:A film that fits neatly into Miyazaki’s canon and will bring joy to his legion of fans.