Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Film Review: Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2013)

Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Review)
Japan/2010
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...a very fun, warmhearted adventure..."

After a car accident leaves her mother in a coma, Akari Yoshiyama (Riisa Naka) travels from 2010 to 1972 in order to wake her mother, but lands in 1974 instead...

Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is fairly simple for a SciFi film, especially for a time traveling film. Here's how it goes: Akari uses a liquid her mother created to leap through time. She simply has to drink the liquid and wish for the time she wants to visit; but, Akari incidentally messes it up. So, she ends up in 1974 where she has to look for her mother's first love and give him a message. In the past, she befriends Ryota (Akiyoshi Nakao), an aspiring filmmaker, and they work together to find this elusive young man. A bit longwinded, Time Traveller is a fun, often bizarre SciFi film that leads to an emotionally-effective ending.

A bit of a SciFi-comedy hybrid, Time Traveller is a very fun, warmhearted adventure -- I enjoyed the SciFi, I laughed and smirked at the quirkiness and jokes, and had a great time. It doesn't have as many references to the 70s as expected, but it offers enough to distinguish itself. The time traveling really isn't explained deeply; you can poke some holes here and there, and there are many questions you'd probably like to ask, but it really isn't a problem for this movie. It's more about the adventure; I mean, really, it's great to watch Akari and her new friends trying to find this mysterious man -- and, basically, live life. Akari helps with their film, and they develop a relationship, which makes the film work on more levels than one. Even at two hours, though, it did feel a little longer than expected -- there were a couple of moments were it really wasn't moving.

Riisa Naka is fantastic as the lead -- so much charm and charisma, she's lovable. (she doesn't get points for this, but she's also beautiful!) Akiyoshi Nakao was also great with his quirky and occasionally awkward performance. All in all, I love the enthusiasm in this cast, it really amplifies the fun I was talking about earlier. The score is good, but it doesn't really have a strong presence; the Jpop, on the other hand, has a stronger presence. The film is shot nicely, the special effects were great, too; there's obvious use of green screen, but that added to the quirkiness of the film. Director Masaaki Taniguchi delivers a fun adventure -- a versatile adventure with humor, SciFi, and pure fun -- and with some unexpected emotional depth.

Overall, Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a great SciFi adventure. If you love bizarre stories that break typical conventions, then this is for you. It is a bit bloated, though, leaving some moments feeling uneventful, and I wish the environment had a bit more personality.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Some partial nudity. (you briefly see the side view of a man taking a bath in a sink.)

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