Big Fish & Begonia

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Mystical anime has deep themes, some peril.

PG-13 2018 105 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 9+

i am disappointed

I was very excited to watch the movie after seeing the animation style and how beautiful it looked only to be left disappointed. Not only was the plotline horribly executed but the pacing was also off. I felt like some scenes took way too long and the acually important ones that were supposed to nake me feel more connected to the plot and the characters were rushed and felt unnatural. Yes, the animation is beyond beautiful and the soundtrack is amazing, so it is a shame that those things were wasted because of a bad execution. I hated the main character, Qiu deserved better and nothing made sense morally in the movie. Most of the side characters were not propperly introduced and overall I cannot express my frustration enough with how awfully everything was done. I wish more thought was put when creating the pacing, story line and character development because the movie really had a lot of potential. If you want to enjoy great animation and breathtaking visuals and art in exchange of a bad plot, go for it, otherwise don't waste your time and if you decide to watch it don't get your hopes up or you will be left disappointed.
age 9+

Correction to the review

In the “What Parents Need to Know” section, it says a troubling part was that the main character chooses to give up half her life over her “beauty” and that is incorrect. Maybe it was incorrect in the English subtitled translation? In the original Mandarin, the main character chooses to give up half her life over her “beautiful eyes” not over her beauty. Unfortunately a simply mistranslation can change how an entire film is interpreted. It is a gorgeous, deep film.

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