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The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.
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There is a wonderful gentleness and intelligent idealism to this animation by 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki ...
The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.
The pastel palette bespeaks a determined, almost demented lightness.
At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.
When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point.
The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.
I don't doubt the sincerity of Miyazaki's pacifism but I'm appalled by his abstract vision. Like, how many tens or hundreds of thousands of real people in Asia and the Pacific were de-animated thanks to [Jiro] Horikoshi's dreams?
It is everything Miyazaki loves and does best on full display.
It is the most thematically rich and beautifully designed feature of director Hayao Miyazaki's entire career, and yet it is also his weakest. The script is oddly humourless, and more unforgivably, boring.
On the subject of less is more, the film shines in smaller moments.
This is not a cartoon for children, but a vision both beautiful and horrific of the promise and perils of art.
This is apparently Miyazaki's final film: a delicate and eerie treat.
Miyazaki's farewell is this lyrical, more adult and very personal project that, though technically splendid and paying an incredible attention to details, may be more appealing to himself as an artist than to most people, with also too many dream scenes that make it feel a bit repetitive.
A aeronautical engineer dreams of building the perfect plane.
Slow and meandering, this film's central conflict is more technical than human, more a matter of engineering, an aspect into which the audience has no reference, than universal. While there are some sections in which we get fine interpersonal conflicts, the majority of the film involves Jiro conversing with his dream characters, and there's little to stand in the way of the love plot, thus little source for conflict.
Many critics have written about the film's beauty, and I can't see what they're referring to. Many times I thought that the film didn't take advantage of all the creative liberties that animation could allow.
Overall, when characters' central conflicts relate to their jobs, the audience must be able to participate in the suspense, and that's not the case with The Wind Rises.
'The Wind Rises'. I'm left feeling like I'm mourning something beautiful. The animation is uniquely magical, with its painted backgrounds, sense of motion and emotion. The sound design is to be noted. Miyazaki's words are pure poetry at times. The romance, up there with the best this year.
"Hikoki-Gumo", the song that plays over the end credits, couldn't be any more perfect, sealing the melancholy of the prior 20 minutes right in.
Minor pacing issues keep it from being flawless.
Hayao Miyazak's final picture is a wonderful film about the life of Jiro, a dreamer of becoming a plane engineer, creating designs to fight in the war. Along the way, he has visions of a visionary plane engineer who has inspired him, and he meets a girl he knew from the past who does not have much time left. This film will bring tears to your eyes, purely out of the sheer truth it has surrounding it. It is surely deserving of it's Oscar nomination. The story is very well told, the American voice actors do a great job, and the visuals are fantastic as always. It may not be my favourite anime, but I really loved watching it. I do believe that the film would have been boring without the romantic subplot, so I am glad it was in there. Overall, it is genuine with all of it's intentions. "The Wind Rises" is a beautiful picture, I highly recommend this film.
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