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Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) Reviews

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March 10, 2018
Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else

Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else. A TAD BIT BORING AT TIMES.
March 10, 2018
Doesn't have as thrilling of an opening or premise as other Miyazaki films, but I'll watch it. It's pretty standard at the beginning. Nothing whimsical or magical, like most Miyazaki's films so it kind of threw me off.

Wow, I would so love to have that grandfather clock. I love how this movie kind of ties in to the movie The Cat Returns, what not with the Baron and the cat. But this movie doesn't really touch The Cat Returns.

Ok, this movie just got a whole hell of a lot interesting once she started envisioning how her story was going to play out.

Overall, I really liked the wonderfully painted background landscapes. I also liked the story. Didn't love it, but it was good, it was somewhat inspirational to watch and charming. Just lacked that spark that Miyazaki's films have. It wasn't amazing is what I'm saying.
½ February 28, 2018
Beautifully drawn and equally strong as its script; "Whisper of the Heart" is one of Studio Ghibli's finest works. It's an coming of age story that will not only teach children the importance of love but also reminds us that it is not too late to pursue our dreams and passion. This is one of those cartoons that feels more human than its live action counterparts. Life can be hard to mimic, but this film does it flawlessly. Well done indeed.
January 3, 2018
really enjoyed this one from Studio Ghibli, fun story
December 13, 2017
I known I'm a male speaking in the face of the warnings I got that this is largely a for-girls movie, but as much as Whisper of the heart has plenty of eye for detail, realistic themes of adolescence and inspiration from aspiring artists, its promised magic turns out to be more imaginary than anything, offering instead another Japanese high-school romance to the crowded plate of them, plus it's overly long and has quite an awkward ending.
½ September 9, 2017
With superb character development and one of the studio's finest heroines, wonderful animation fueled by a meticulous attention to detail, a perfect use of one of my favorite songs and a top-notch script, Whisper of the Heart truly is one of the best Ghibli movies and one of my personal favorites as I connected with it on so many levels. Thematically rich and incredibly smart and truthful in dialogue and its statements, the movie speaks to me on a personal level. Gorgeous in its romance and deep in its drama, you just can't get a better animated teen drama than this one.
May 21, 2017
This is a fairly simple film, but somehow I loved it! Studio Ghibli delivers another great animated film that will definitely satisfy!
March 15, 2017
Whisper of the heart is perhaps the most amazing lesson about life.

"Just follow your dreams, no matter how hard it is, you'll make it if you try hard enough" - That's the main message of the movie, as always the animation is unique in his kind, i know i've said this many times but Ghibli is pure love and art with characters that without a doubt will make your soul experience amazing things.
February 20, 2017
This movie changed my life the moment I finished watching.
February 12, 2017
A beautiful film about the transition of a person between childhood and maturity, beautifully treats a phase of choices that we are all destined to pass or have passed.
November 14, 2016
A simple story with great characters, a great setting, and surprisingly complex themes. This is a movie people instantly fall in love with. This is really one of those simple, yet sweet, perfections.
½ September 23, 2016
This film is in my Top 10 best ghibli movies. I loved the characters, the animation, the story, all of it!
June 19, 2016
An Unadulterated Illustration Of Teenage Love, Dreams & Aspirations
½ May 22, 2016
not the best ghibli film I've seen probably the worst
March 25, 2016
One of few films I'm always ready to re-watch
January 1, 2016
Honestly, just so cute and adorable and sweet
January 1, 2016
the attention to detail is simply outstanding
½ November 27, 2015
This was a perfect and enchanting tale. A+ story telling.
½ November 9, 2015
I love Ghibli series and have almost all DVD. Especially, "Whisper of the Heart" is my most favorite movie. This movie is originally a comic of the same title written by Aoi Hiiragi and it is the first and the end feature film supervised by Yoshifumi Kondo who is movie director. I watched it many times but I am not tired of it.
Shizuku Tsukishima is a girl who is the third grade at a junior high school and is the bookworm. She often go to the library which her father works , but notice the boy's name of "Seiji Amasawa" who borrows all the book which herself reads earlier, and reads it. Shizuku did not take time to know that Amasawa Seiji is a classmate, but is intrerested about Amasawa Seiji all the time.
One day she find a mysterious cat on the way to the library and run after the cat. The cat goes into the small antique shop "earth shop", and she meets old man, Shiro Nishi, in a shop. Mr. Nishi is a grandfather of Seiji, and he made a violin in an underground studio. Seiji have a dream to want to study in Italy to become a violin craftsman.
Shizuku is not understand what should she do in comparison with Seiji having a firm aim. She demands her's dream and begins to write a story.
It is certain that this movie is love story between Shizuku Tukishima and Seiji Amasawa but another theme of this story is "growth of Shizuku". She is troubled about the future and gets over it, and chase the dream is expressed finely.
What I was drawn into is because I can reflect oneself through the main characters and the story. The figure of Shizuku who pushes on without escaping from being troubled about the future gives courage to decide at the same time I move very much. And also this music played in this movie is splendid. The music expresses the complicated feeling of the main characters and sense of the seasons wonderfully. Especially, Because "country road" which is the theme song of the movie is music to become the key of the movie, I want you to pay attention by all means. It is tended to think that this movie is for teenager but even adults enjoy watching it. If you troubled with something and are depressed, I want you to watch this movie. Surely you will positive!
September 20, 2015
Hayao Miyazaki loves dreamers and artists, and it's telling that two films that he worked on - this one, Whisper of the Heart, as a writer, and then his 'last' film The Wind Rises - are about characters who want to achieve really great things, and have to find their own way to achieve them. In this story, which is adapted from a comic and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo (one time director only sadly), Shizuku, a girl who is just on the cusp of going to high school and has to take her exams to get in. But she's obsessed with reading, with fairy tales, in places of fantasy and excitement and magic. But this isn't a fantasy story like other Ghibli films, but (again like Rises, and really like a sister movie to Only Yesterday) it's planted really in this world. Shizuku follows a cat one day to an antique shop, where the owner has a statue of a cat called The Baron, and at this same shop is his grandson - who happens to be, find out halfway through, is really the one signing out books that Shizuku has been reading. Who is this person? A want-to-be violin maker.

Whisper of the Heart doesn't present itself as anything other than it is: a coming of age story where it's about someone going for artistic expression and following dreams, but in a more specific way. It's not simply about someone being creative, but what happens when that someone feels they aren't good enough, or that someone they look up to - like Shizuku with Seiji Amasawa - is way ahead of them, and oh gosh, how can you show that other someone your work(?) This may sound specific but it's actually something many creative people go through, especially when first starting out, that feeling of wanting to tell something or express a feeling or a story through a narrative, and it just doesn't go up to snuff. Expectations one raises for onesself can become so complicated that it doesn't matter if you're on your way, or you will get there - that feeling in youth of not being good enough is one sometimes of embarrassment, and of real struggle especially at an age when the rest of a lifetime seems so long and boundless.

Some deep stuff is here in this movie, and yet on the surface it is still a wonderful movie for young people, adolescents for sure who can relate to feelings of young/first love, and the shyness that comes when you really like someone and can't say it - or if someone else likes you, and you think that person is really liked by someone else (or the paradox of the friend-zone or other). And all of this is told with nice, bright visuals, capturing more suburban/urban areas than one might see in, for example, Totoro. Because of its real-world setting, it makes the few moments so precious that do go into fantasy (again like Rises, there with the dreams); Shizuku has this story she's working on, and we get to see it unfold in some parts. The cat Baron and this magical other-world we see (and the evil 'other' car, who we see as the tubby gray cat throughout the film), is loaded with spectular, colorful imagery, and if one has the English-language dub Cary Elwes does a fine cameo voice in aristocratic-voiced level.

It's an interesting film in many ways, for the seeming simplicity of its story of young first-love and first-creativity and how crucial and heartbreaking it can be if it doesn't come out just right (or how, even if you get a compliment, it's still crushing on some level that it didn't come out even better, the thing of self-expectations), and how deep it goes into the soul. Also is how the filmmakers use country music (!) and make good use of it; a John Denver song called 'Country Roads' opens the film and then pops up now and again as the girls sing it. At first, I thought it was odd, like the Disney-dub producers wanted something, uh, for the country audience I guess. But it's part of the narrative to an extent, and one of the truly sweet scenes comes where Shizuku is asked to sing the song with Sheji's playing on the violin, and the shop owner and a couple friends hear the playing, come down to the basement and join in. In an almost unassuming way, this turns into one of the studio's triumphs.
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