Warning - Contains Spoilers
The story to this movie was very dull, in my opinion. In a way, I can certainly feel for the characters, however at the same time it was kind of nonsense. Let me elaborate a bit, the main characters mother dies, and he decides to grieve by doing flips on the monkey bars and laugh about the situation. His father dies, and he doesn't show remorse than either. Than his little sister dies; who is clearly the only person our protagonist cares about; and he still doesn't shed a tear. Aside from that though, what made this movie exceptionally dull is that 80% of the film is centered around trying to find food. If I went down to a local subway, and filmed a homeless man for a couple hours, it would have been the same concept. Furthermore, and I know this makes me sound heartless, but I just did not find this movie very sad at all; whicch for the record is pretty much the selling point for the film. When I intially heard of this film, it was made out to be so deppressing it made Schindler's list look like a comedy. The latter was not true. Overall, the story was just painfully reppetitive, slow paced, and boring.
To be completly fair, the animation is pretty good considering how old the movie is. So I won't rip on the animation itself. However, the sound was garbage. Truthfully, I'm on the dubbed anime train; but the dubs for this film kinda sucked, which also really took away from the quality of this film.
I briefly touched on this subject earlier, but aside from the protagonist, the other characters arn't any different. After watching this film I asked myself, how many of the characters in this show did I actually like? The answer is none. Don't get me wrong, I didn't neccesarily hate all the characters; I just didn't really like them that much either. I think this is also what made it hard for me to appreciate the film as a whole. Essentially the two main characters are very dull and everyone else is pretty much a deuche bag.
Overall I truthfully didn't care for this film a bit. It's insanely overrated. The only good thing I can truthfully say about watching this film, is that I got to crack a few funny jokes in my review.