- Overall 5.5
- Story 6.0
- Acting/Cast 5.0
- Music 2.0
- Rewatch Value 1.0
I had high expectations regarding this movie. A lot of people adore this movie and I can partly emphasize... that's why I definitely wouldn't tell someone not to watch it, because you can either like it really much or be as disappointed as I am.
Let's start off by complimenting the well done ending. It often happens that people mess up movies near the end by not really including a conclusion or read more just thinking of some terrible plot ideas, shooting it badly and wrapping it up. The ending of Himizu had a motivational effect; personally it was the best part of the movie where the acting really shined.
One genre that refers to the movie is drama. I don't know why and how to describe it but it just didn't get to me. I usually end a drama-ish movie with a heavy heart or tears or whatever, but this movie just left me frustrated sometimes. Even though I acknowledge each actor I can't even say how exaggerated their acting was at some parts. The acting wasn't entirely bad, the main characters were surely fine enough, but many factors made the movie less enjoyable.
For example the story. The story is just all over the place throughout the movie. Scenes often end abruptly and you are left with no conclusion. It just doesn't feel completed? It's rather messy. What is being said about the life of the other characters (the people at his boat house) and what happens to them near the end --- nothing mentioned. What happens with the family from the girl--- nothing mentioned. All they focus on near the end is the relationship between the girl and the boy.
I was interested in some proper information but I all I got were too many repetitive exhausting violent scenes. It was just overall (kind of subliminally) frustrating.
The story just took a complete turn at some point and became weird as heck. And weird doesn't have to be bad, there are some good weird movies out there and I'm definitely up for it, but this was just so unsatisfying and bad weird. They probably added the complete twist to shock and give an emotional impact - but to be honest it didn't reach me.
The movie has potential - that's why it's either a hit or miss depending on your personal preferences.