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mini movie reviews – Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)
Pretty high on visuals and imagination with a pretty solid human story, though only to be halted by (what I considered) some overacting and huge sentimental aspects. The tricky thing when making a movie about a large family is the pacing and time given in getting to know each of the family members, whom some have colorful personalities and the film achieved this half way. Some contribute to the flow of the story and some brought it to a halt. What I found annoying was the main character, Kenji, brought along into the family and was painted as an absurdly wimpy guy. In a way, its just a nice enjoyable animated film to look at.
3 out of 5 stars