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Movie Review – From Up On Poppy Hill

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People are funny sometimes, and not in a good way. They see that an animated foreign film is playing at a festival, and without doing any research about it, they drag their young kids along. When the film starts, and the subtitles stretch across the screen, the audible child groans spread like wildfire. So that didn’t get things off to a good start.

“A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.”

Sadly this is another Studio Ghibli miss, as it nearly put me to sleep. Sure I was tired anyway, but I also picked up on the fidgety and board energy around me, as my section of the audience seemed to be in agreement with me. Its storytelling felt episodic, and so gave the impression there was no strong thru story, and instead just a bunch of different story elements playing out blandly. But it did have a few good laughs along the way.
B- From Me!!!

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