“From Up on Poppy Hill” (2011)

There’s definitely a lot to like here. In particular, the characters of Umi and Shun are very likable, very relatable characters, and they make for compelling and cute leads. And the plot about the clubhouse that deals with the merits of tradition vs. progress is certainly interesting, especially considering the time period the story takes place in; post-war Japan. The film unfortunately does indulge in melodrama and convenient storytelling clichés. Still, thanks to its incredible mood and atmosphere that you would expect from a Ghibli film, as well the well written main characters, it helps forgive a lot, and the end result is a cute movie that, while not reaching Ghibli’s top-tier material, is just fine and definitely worth watching.

Rating: 3.5/5

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