Weathering With You is a strikingly beautiful and intensely relatable sophomore feature from director Makoto Shinkai about weather and love. Your Name, Shinkai’s first film, is the highest grossing anime film of all time as well as one of the best reviewed movies of 2016. I haven’t seen Your Name, because I’m an awful person, but after seeing Weathering With You, doing so has become a priority.
Every frame of this movie is a work of art. It’s portrayal of Tokyo is beautiful and rich, as well as daunting and dangerous. It manages to find the meaning in the mundane, and beauty in the rough edges of city life. And no matter how fantastical the story gets, it always grounds itself in something deeply personal.
The characters are also pretty complex and carry the emotions of the story well. The protagonists are at a place in their life where everything is new and beautiful and scary, and their future is unknown. It’s a really interesting perspective, and as I am a confused teenager as well, I saw a lot of myself in the two leads.
If you’re a smart cookie, you may have noticed that I called this an “incomplete review” in the title. This is because my dumbass couldn’t find parking and was 15 minutes late. I’ve read a description of what happened during those 15 minutes, but I really wish I saw it with my own peepers. Because of this, I don’t know if those extra minutes add to the greatness, or if they completely sink the movie with their badness. I will see this movie again at a later date and update this article if it changes my opinion of the picture as a whole.
I give Weathering With You my rating of:
Forecast Shows: It’s a Good Flick That I Like