Kimi ni Todoke/From Me To You
My Score: 6.5/10
Director: Naoto Kumazawa
Genre: Friendship/Romance/School Life/Heartwarming/Slice-of-Life
Summary: An innocent and kind girl is misunderstood and has rumors spread about her. Because of this, she doesn’t know much about friendship or love.
Finally, in high-school, she meets some good friends and a love interest.
Review: This movie is based on a manga of the same name. The manga was still on-going when this movie was made.
The beginning was pretty abrupt and didn’t really fit in with the rest of the movie. I feel they should have done that differently. It felt like they were setting up the movie as a comedy, but it turned into something more simple and slow.
There was some humor – I laughed a few times – I think it was similar to the manga’s style. There was also some drama, but it was nothing too heavy.
A good thing about this movie were the touching moments, (I almost teared up during one of the friendship scenes).
The story-line was pretty nice, but nothing new or riveting. It was very “slice-of-life”.
I liked how it focused a lot on friendship while still having some romance on the side.
Towards the end, it kind of dragged. Even at the climatic scene, I felt a bit bored because I’ve seen the same plot in many other stories already.
Compared to the manga, it didn’t focus at all on how Sawako’s classmates slowly changed their opinion of her. I wish they had, but I guess it wasn’t possible for the time frame.
The actors all really fit the characters. I liked all the actors and thought they were good for the roles, but the acting wasn’t anything amazing. Then again, dynamic acting wouldn’t fit this kind of movie at all, since like I said before, it was just pretty simple.
I think the best thing about this movie were the characters themselves.
Sawako, the main character, was such a straightforward, honest, and kind girl, even though she had sort of been bullied. Her love interest was really cute, innocent and completely at -ease with people. Her friends had their own unique points and were interesting.
The only actor choice I didn’t really agree with was for the teacher. In the manga, he felt more like a young new teacher. He seemed older in this movie which made his actions seem kind of strange.
My favorite actor choice was for Ryo. He just had a good aura about him, so that even though he didn’t get much screen time, I couldn’t help but notice him.
I’d recommend this for anybody wanting to watch a touching friendship film, unless they really can’t tolerate slow-paced movies. The movie wasn’t always slow, but there were a few parts where I got a little bored.
I also should mention that the overall feeling of the movie felt a little bland compared to the manga version.