Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017)
Critic Consensus: As beautifully animated as it is emotionally satisfying, Your Name adds another outstanding chapter to writer-director Makoto Shinkai's filmography.
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as Taki Tachibana (Japanese voice cast)
as Taki Tachibana (English voice cast)
as Mitsuha Miyamizu (Japanese voice cast)
as Mitsuha Miyamizu (English voice cast)
as Miki Okudera (Japanese voice cast)
as Miki Okudera (English voice cast)
as Yotsuha Miyamizu (Japanese voice cast)
as Yotsuha Miyamizu (English voice cast)
as Hitoha Miyamizu (Japanese voice cast)
as Hitoha Miyamizu (English voice cast)
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Critic Reviews for Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.)
It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.
Throughout, there is the nagging sense that the whole thing will unravel if any one thread gets tugged too hard, but when both the heart and the sky are on fire, why lean in and go squinting at flaws?
You may have to fortify your illogicality tolerance when viewing the anime adventure "Your Name." But this body-swap romance by the exciting and talented filmmaker Makoto Shinkai is nonetheless exquisite, beautiful and entertaining.
With its balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism, Your Name should firmly establish Shinkai as an auteur to follow for many years to come.
This concept could be used for stock shenanigans worthy of a John Green novel, but Shinkai unleashes a twist early on so clever and cerebral that J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan will kick themselves for not thinking of it first.
Audience Reviews for Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.)
Finally making its way around the world, Your Name is a film that has been loved by the people of Japan back in 2016. After seeing this film on the big screen, I now see what all of the chatter was about. Not only is this film beautifully animated and one of the best stories to come from any Anime film in recent memory, but the emotional impact this film delivers in the third act is truly out of this world. You may or may not be able to get a chance to see this film at this point in time, but once this film is available to stream or purchase, I can't recommend this film enough, especially if you are a fan of this genre of filmmaking. Here is why I believe Your Name is a near-perfect film. Two separate people, living two separate lives, in two separate parts of the world, suddenly wake up in each other's body one morning. Randomly occurring over and over again, they learn to communicate with each other in cryptic ways. Feeling a sense of connection, they are determined to meet each other. Through a series of fun mishaps, sad realizations, and a punch-to-the-gut twist that alters the entire framework this film sets in motion throughout the first act, this familiar body-swap storyline is far more complex than what the initial plot synopsis/trailers have lead you to believe. The very essence of this film is about time and what it truly means. There are a few different ways of interpreting the conclusion of this film, and I personally found it fascinating. The fact that the conclusion can have a few different meanings, is also my one complain about this film. This film does an impeccable job at easing you into the complexity of its story. At first, this film is a loveable (and slightly perverted) comedic body-swap story. Not staying in that territory for long, a much deeper and touching story arises. Making viewers rethink the entire film, there are quite a few moments where I can see the audience becoming totally lost, not being able to fully grasp the emotional conclusion. While this is not a personal flaw I have with the film, it's definitely where I feel the dislikes will come from the people giving it negative reviews. If you are willing to think and be open for anything, I'm sure 90% of its audience will fall in love with its premise. Otherwise, the film just isn't for you. What a film needs to do in order to make its audience care about its characters by the final moments, is to make compelling cases as to why we need to care about them. Giving them perverted, shy, quirky, and thought-provoking characteristics all added up to two loveable on-screen animated characters that I found myself tearing up with by the final moments of Your Name. The meaning of the title gives even more depth to these two, shall I say star-crossed lovers? I can't elaborate on that without spoiling the finale, but lets just say you need to be wide awake to fully appreciate what this film goes for in the end. Overall, Your Name is a picture perfect representation of the best version a story like this can possibly be. With a pulse-pounding and endearing score all at once, this is a film that sucks you in and holds your attention, regardless if its moving fast or slow. The biggest flaw this film would have suffered from would have been a weak conclusion to a film that is otherwise filled with eons of questions. Giving you just enough in order to grasp the concept and then leaving certain elements open to interpretation, there isn't much to complain about here. Wonderfully animated, impeccably crafted in terms of storytelling, and having two of the most memorable Anime character on the big screen of my recent memory, Your Name met all of my expectations and then some. If you are a fan of this genre, I can't recommend this film enough.
Your Name manages to paint an insanely broad stroke of appeal without being convenient or contrive which is no small feat. Working as a highschool romance, escapist fantasy and a multilayered sci fi. It even utilizes cityboy smalltown girl archetypes to it's advantage. It actually starts off rather unimpressively with its seemingly arbitrary freaky-friday premise, lighthearted teen romanticism and arguably sexist overtones... but when it begins to find a dramatic stage the story quickly races into suspense as pieces of the puzzle fall into place. As with any Anime romance it clashes not once but twice with substantial melodramatic overtures but it's never a cheap feeling. Despite the protagonists almost lack of personality they feel real, even the supporting cast gets subtly fleshed out throughout the film. This masterful attention to detail in character portrayal makes a satisfactory end when the curtain closes. Shinkai really knows how to play on a demographic's longing for purpose. Taki and Mitsuha appear to go through much hardship but how awfully wonderful would it be to have your life's purpose defined for you in a supernatural event that leads to an extraordinary love?
For those who like complex plots and rewatching movies.
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