Time for me to post my own movie review that will honor one of my favorite creators of animation, Hayao Miyazaki.
I feel guilty for not crying in the theater throughout because this is one of the last anime features that Miyazaki created as a very touching and really sad story, and it pays a tribute to a Japanese designer and chief engineer that is inspired to create fighter planes during Japanese and aviation history. Besides having a female lead that goes on adventures and exploring with a male companion, this movie only focuses on the story of Jiro Horikoshi, and it was quite of a change for me to view. And regarding the fictional story that was nicely written, the historic elements are kept in a realistic manner.
After walking out of the theater, I was deeply impressed with the quality that was put together, and I couldn’t find words to react when history was made as the whole result.
While the music is captivating and appropriate to the film’s style, the 2D animation continued to give a lot of effective and stunning details on the surroundings (buildings, ships, locomotives, and the fighter planes) seen in most parts, especially the entire play through of each setting topped off the characters and the entire story. Just like in every Hayao Miyazaki film, it has a deep form of art involved in each scene.
Of all the characters in the film, Jiro Horikoshi is one of my favorite characters because he has a great compassion with designing, and was determined to make one from his dream to a reality. Not to mention, his big heart on the girl he saved from the earthquake. His partner and his boss are quite a riot, and they’re fun to watch when the plot goes on. Even the dubbing fits with the characters (as per usual). The planes that Jiro designed are really astonishing to see, especially how he was inspired with Italian designer, Giovanni Caproni and his dream to design beautiful planes.
The first time I’ve saw Jiro and Naoka getting married right away made me smile when these scenes happened. However, since the infamous Kanto Earthquake occurred in 1923, there are very sad elements that came above when she suffered with tuberculosis up until her death in the very end.
There is a large constant use of smoking in every scene, and it’s the first time I’ve seen the main characters smoke a lot in a Miyazaki film (besides the only occasional part in “Whisper of the Heart”).
Because Touchstone Pictures released this under the distribution label from Disney, the content is normally adult oriented, regarding the film is rated PG-13. So in general, it has a really good connection throughout the film.
The ending is the only part I was not expecting; after Jiro’s plane successfully flew, it transitioned to a very deep atmosphere when every Japanese plane was destroyed by enemy planes from the war. Not only that, it also ended with Jiro and Caproni viewing his fleet of fighter planes that made his dream became a realization. It got me into the eyes of the power of reality when designs can become a reality when they’re made well, and this is a really good example of how it was done by true wisdom.
Considering this film as Miyazaki’s last film as director, this is a sophisticating and a sad film to watch, and I was touched with the deep elements that blew me away. It has an artistic and historic value that keeps you interested, and I highly recommend it to the fans of aviation and anime fans.
I love the blend that touches Japanese history and a small love story, it goes really well as it played from the beginning to the end. As I mentioned in the beginning, it may not have the original formula on having a strong female lead, and I didn’t mind the change it had in this one while viewing it. To my opinion, it’s an interesting change for me.
Ever since “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” came out in mid 1980s, I personally consider “The Wind Rises” a true masterpiece that concluded Miyazaki’s journey through his magic of animation. The way I said it does not mean he’ll close down Studio Ghibli. The company will still go on while his son directs future films for the time being.
I had a sad feeling that it didn’t win an Oscar for best animated feature, but I deeply feel no other movie would beat the true art of any piece Hayao could make. Most of his work has remained a true form of animation that continued to inspire and relive the true meaning of visual art, and The Wind Rises is one of them.
Let me know how you felt after seeing this movie, hope you can relate to what I felt after seeing it on the big screen. Check it out when you get a chance because it’ll give you the experience that will never forget Miyazaki’s form of visual art.
MY RATING: 10/10
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