Like Father, Like Son ★★½

The family dramas that populate a lot of Asian cinema are something I always find myself somewhat removed from (sorry, Hou, Ozu, Yang, etc), but when they transcend those limitations, I can be enamored. Unfortunately, this is so middle of the road simplicity that the genre clarification need not be—utterly predictable to a point, playing through the various combinations of the two families to exactly the expected results, and the framings so perfectly framed and neat it felt tedious (why the 2.35 aspect ratio if nothing ever happens in the sides of your frames? To show "emptiness"?). Families are supposed to be unpredictable and fluid dynamics, so why make it all so wound up? Or at least give us more shots of cooking. The child performances are wonderful, but at two hours long, this was a chore.