Asghar Farhadi confirms himself as a master storyteller. The way he skillfully adds new information that simultaneously creates new layers of depth is miraculous and compelling. One character is never favored over another. All are given equal weight and respect, and all are equally responsible for each other's problems. All of this adds up to a conclusion that concludes as much as it leaves open. The power of the film is how it leaves you hanging with the truth that these characters will always be dealing with each other's flaws, and their own, the flaws of humanity. We've seen Asghar Farhadi do this in 2011's "A Separation" and he does it here again, and I will continue to watch whatever he does next because it's not getting old.
Miyazaki's film evokes a strong emotional response from its beautiful images and thematically rich story. It's a moving and meaningful work of art. The romantic storyline integrates perfectly with the main focus of the film, Jiro's desire to build beautiful aircraft. The animation captures a sense of wonder and is at times breathtaking. Above all, there's a lot of meaning in The Wind Rises, capturing motifs of dreams, reality, and love, all of which resonate. I would agree with some others about faults in Jiro's character, but I still think it merits a 5 star rating.
There's something kind of incredible about this film even though I don't really know what it is. Many scenes seem to have nothing to do with one another and don't come together linearly or in meaning. We can pick up on some of the motifs here, such as childhood vs adulthood, but even then we aren't able to decide what exactly is meant. Scenes are always visually stunning and we never forget that we're watching a piece of art. Your enjoyment of this movie depends on how much you're willing to accept it for what it is. I think it's a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, challenging piece, even though I wish it would come together a little more for me. I do enjoy movies like this, I'm not just liking it out of pure admiration. It's exciting for me to watch films like this stretch the boundaries of their art form.