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The Boy and the Beast movie rating: yellow light

The Boy and the Beast yellow light

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Orphaned human child travels to another world to become warrior apprentice to a grumpy monster, and it’s a same-old hero’s journey with nary a twist to surprise you. A few instances of gorgeous and magical imagery cannot make up for the lack of genuine emotion or a fresh story. Strictly for devoted anime fans.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not much of an anime fan
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)


yellow light 2.5 stars

The Boy and the Beast (2016) | directed by Mamoru Hosada
US/Can release: Mar 04 2016
UK/Ire release: Jul 07 2017

MPAA: rated PG-13 for some violence and language
BBFC: rated 12 (moderate violence)

viewed on my iPad

official site | IMDb | trailer
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