Decent Disney short
A brilliant animated film, but the old guy on the farm (Narasaki) is extremely and unfairly critical, grouchy and mean spirited toward the mother. I'm not on board with Ame's stubbornness nearly causing the death of his mother, who is the kindest character in this film by far, either.
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Would have received 5 stars if not for the questionable violence in the last act, which slightly marred my impression of one of the main characters. I could see why this was included, but it could have been avoided, as it ultimately paints the working class in a similar light to the upper class. Other than that, a solid and engaging movie with good pacing and nice character arcs. The music and the lighting were great too. The music nicely captured, and accentuated the movie's atmosphere.
It may be cheesy, and the costumes(looking at you Green Goblin) could have been improved(though the Spiderman suit looked fantastic), but it's a fun ride! I completely understand why this movie gets some criticism. Tobey Maguire isn't the best, or most versatile, actor, but I think he does his job well enough here. The romantic relationship between him and Mary Jane, played by Kirsten Dunst, does get a little melodramatic at times, then again these are high school students we…