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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Your Lie in April: Movie Review (2016)

By: Matt Suzara

Kosei Arima (Kento Yamazaki) won a lot of piano competitions under the wing of his abusive mother. However, when her mother died, Kosei lost his ability to hear the music that he was playing even he doesn't have any hearing complications. Years have passed, and Kosei hasn't played his piano until he met a girl who immediately changes his life Kaori Miyazono (Suzu Hirose). She is a young high-spirited girl who loves to play the violin. She enlists the help of Kosei to be her accompanist, and this starts a friendship that soon grows into something more romantic. 

I haven't watched the animated version of it and I really don't have an idea on what is it all about. I entered the cinema clueless on what the movie is all about. Your Lie in April starts in a charming tone with actors who can easily get your attention because of their spectacular performances and charisma. It has an interesting story line that can easily hook you up. However, there are some scenes that are stretched and needed to be trimmed down as the film suffers into a bloated run-time. I want to point out some things, but I can't tell it without spoiling some important plot details. I just loved the first half, but unfortunately they couldn't close it out with the same energy for the second and last part.  

The strongest assets of the film are its lead stars. Suzu Hirose seems to have a car battery at her back sustaining all her energy and appeal. She remarkably set the mood of the entire film and easily captured the hearts of her audience. Kento Yamazaki also did a great job with his role. He is believable throughout and remarkably provided an admirable onscreen chemistry with Suzu Hirose.  It's just the script that holds them a little preventing them to blossom into something more remarkable. 

Overall, Your Lie in April has its spectacular moments, especially when our lead stars head on to their classic music scenes. It just fell short on the romantic department for the viewers to feel the emotional twist at its finest. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Kento Yamazaki,  Suzu Hirose 

Directed by:  Takehiko Shinjo
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas


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