23 Jun

restlessThe story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (IMDb)

So…this is a weird little movie. The two main characters, played by Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, are like a pair of old souls, who sometimes act like 10 year olds. The fascination with death can be a little disconcerting at times, but that ends up making sense in the end, it just takes awhile to get there. The same goes for the Japanese ghost, played by Ryo Kase. His presence doesn’t make complete sense either until about half way through the movie. After that, his purpose for actually being there doesn’t make sense until almost the very end. Mia Wasikowska is lovely, I’ve never been disappointed in a performance of hers. New comer Henry Hopper is also quite good. However, their performances are trumped by the overall empty feeling of this movie. You feel for these characters and what they are going through, and in the end, Hopper’s character becomes a better person, the usual, but it all just feels a little hollow. I can’t quite put my finger on it.


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