Initial Review: Grave of the Fireflies

grave-of-the-firefliesGrave of the Fireflies was a rather depressing story about 2 kids trying to survive on their own after their house is destroyed and their mother is taken away from them; it shows the lengths people will go to in order to survive. The setting takes place in late WWII, and begins as a firebombing raid destroys our protagonist, Seita’s , town. He is left to care for his young sister after this incident, and makes the decision to move in with his aunt. Things happen, and the 2 end up moving out and they begin trying to live on their own. That is the basic structure of the story. Seita, is for the most part, a character whose only goal is to make sure his sister, Setsuko, survives and that is the driving force behind many of his actions, while Setsuko is still incredibly young and knows little about the real world. It is this dynamic that makes it even harder on Seita, as he has taken it upon himself to try and keep Setsuko happy and away from thinking negatively, little does he know that this is also going to have a negative effect on him. This film is not a happy one by any stretch of the imagination, and there is very little joy that is seen; it is the brutal reality of trying to raise a small child on your own without a steady supply of food nor water. The film was definitely one I would recommend you watch, but it certainly wasn’t a masterpiece, and so I give this movie an:

8 out of 10

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