Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) Reviews
The only critique I have is that it just a little bit predictable, with the main male romance attraction. But that's okay; from what little I know, I think the kind of girls who would watch this would love it all the same.
At one point in our lives, we have all been lost. We stand on a crossroad, contemplating which one would lead us to our destination. During this point in our lives, we can't help but feel incompetent with ourselves as others we see that pass by us seem to be so sure on why they have chosen that particular path. It is the fear of disappointment and pain that prevents us from committing; therefore we stay on that one spot and procrastinate. To those that have made it, please don't be so hard on these lost individuals, as you yourself have gone through the same thing; be fortunate that you aren't in their position anymore.
Whisper of the Heart is a film that genuinely reflects the hardships of a child's transition, the idea of having to be independent and carry responsibilities. It has spoken to me in such an effective way due to myself being in the protagonist's position a couple of years ago, spending more of my time studying and focusing on my musical interest, understanding and being inspired by the art form and letting it shape myself and my perception of the world.
Eventually, I took a chance on a profession and soon I would be nearly finished in gaining my degree, if things go well from now until the end of the year, but I still sometimes sit back and reflect on my past and deciding whether or not the choices I made were poor or great; watching this film makes all of my critical reflection come off as irrelevant. It doesn't matter anymore whether the decision I made was generally the best decision, without everything that I have done in the past, I may not have become the person that I am today; I may not even be interested in cinema, which is one of the most important aspects of my life at the moment.
Each day I take in experiences and memories that would continuously grow me as a person. I am so glad that I spent most of my days in high school focusing on other things because at the time, they made me happy and that pursuing them was right for me. My sister, who is currently a year away from doing her final exams for high school, is currently on the same position as Whisper of the Heart's protagonist, and as her older sibling, I believe it is important for me to encourage her to do on what she feels is best for her. I don't want her standing in that crossroads for too long all by herself, as there is nothing worse in life than being lost and unhappy.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Whisper of the Heart was fantastic, arguably the best from the studio.