The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one."

  • Released: 2023-07-14
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
  • Stars: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, Shinobu Otake, Karen Takizawa, Jun Kunimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, Shōhei Hino, Takuya Kimura, Robert Pattinson
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • schowdhuri-96566 - 23 May 2024
    Experience of fantasy!
    What a movie!

    A well made Miyazaki film, firstly, we are in no stage Mr. Hayao Miyazaki's film, but still I would try put my thoughts of what I felt. This film is very different films presented by Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki I felt. We know that within the realistic concept , Miyazaki would put mystical elements to it ,but what if I tell the entire film is mystical. It's very similar to "Spirited Away" but in a mature format, so much so you can not understand is it really happening or it is an imagination. This film will remain in someone's mind for a while as if to ponder in to many aspects , and measure whether that was a dream or a reality! I would suggest to experience this film rather than going through reviews!
  • lightjump-2 - 27 April 2024
    Absolute ridiculous trash. I am NOT getting that time back.
    This movie starts out rather interesting, actually. I have seen ALL of his other movies, and have thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of them, as they are almost all epic animated adventures you want to share with friends and family.

    This movie goes completely off the rails after about 20 minutes, and it never recovers.

    Not only does it get freakishly stupid and completely nonsensical, it gets worse, and worse, and worse as it gets farther into the story.

    I found myself sitting in my seat wondering what was happening (I even looked over at my wife and asked her if she had any idea what was going on, and we both started laughing at the absolute stupidity we had just paid to watch).

    I am completely confused as to how this trash got any Academy attention.

    This movie sucked.

    Save yourself. Watch something else. (Almost anything else).
  • paulclaassen - 2 April 2024
    Complex, confusing and difficult to follow.
    Let me start off by saying this animated film is not for kids. With its complex and confusing story involving different worlds and time periods, it is very difficult to follow. I believe kids will be completely lost here.

    Mahito lost his mother in a hospital fire during the war. Four years later him and his Dad moves to Tokyo to his dad's new girlfriend, Natsuko, who is pregnant with their child. The moment Mahito arrives at the house, a grey heron shows interest in him.

    After a fight at school, Mahito deliberately hits himself against the head with a rock on the way home, causing an injury greater than he anticipated. This results in him being out of school for the next few days. During this time, Natsuko's morning sickness intensifies, and Mahito notices her wandering into the forest one day. When she doesn't return, Mahito goes in search of her. The heron then also tells Mahito his mother is still alive. This sets in motion many interesting events as Mahito journeys to different worlds.

    Mahito still misses his mother and constantly has visions of her in the fire. Filled with surreal imagery, the film has a magical feel to it. It is very imaginative, although at times maybe a bit too much. There's also so much happening in this movie that I probably won't remember half of the events. Some of the characters were very similar in appearance to characters from 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' - also films from Studio Ghibli.

    The animation is beautiful and the film has a hauntingly beautiful score. Unfortunately, 'The Boy and the Heron' is not a movie I would easily recommend. You have to pay very close attention to understand what is going on. If you don't like reading subtitles, even less so. (Luckily, as for me, watching movies with subtitles is almost second nature.)