From February 13th, the English Dub version of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, Weathering With You, has returned to select theatres for a limited time.
The breathtaking film, which features a star-studded cast comprising of Lee Pace, Alison Brie and Riz Ahmed, combines Shinkai’s unparalleled visually beautiful and detailed animation with an emotionally charged story that will blow you away again.
But don’t just take our word for it, check out what these notable film sites had to say about the film…
“At the core of the new film is the relationship between vagabond teens Hodaka (voiced by Kotaro Daigo) and Hina (Nana Mori). Shinkai says animation should be made for young people, and that the story he’s telling is as much about family and friends as it is about finding first love. Still, he allows that emotion is central to the story. “What I really want to depict is how very strongly a young person feels for the first time toward another,” he says.
“Shinkai takes great care to paint the setting in every visceral stroke possible, whether it’s from the muted honks of cars zooming through the tight lanes between skyscrapers, the nonstop chatter of adults in cafes and shopping districts, or the absolutely overwhelming clutter of signs and lights in local shops and menus: Tokyo feels alive, real, and as much a part of the film as the actual characters. Even when much of the city is overcast with cloudy skies, there are enough details to carry over the presence of a rainy day. Umbrellas get shaken out by crowds, and streams of droplets fall on the window panes as city-goers trud through mud and wet pavements with their rubber boots. Throughout the film, I felt like I was there with the characters, in the cold, wet and miserable rain.”
“Shinkai truly manages to make water feel everchanging and powerful, as much of the movie is about the rain and how weather changes our perception and mood. As a result, there’s a lot of meticulous attention on how light, shadow, and color all work together to change the setting in such a way that it really reflects the atmosphere of the current scene. Shinkai’s “painting-like” aesthetic is really felt in the urban setting, and the art direction is strong and cohesive enough that even a single water drop feels alive and vibrant on its own”.
Common Sense Media
“Writer-director Makoto Shinkai has crafted another charming, visually impressive animated story that’s both magical and romantic. This movie, like Shinkai’s Your Name, is an exploration of friendship, family, and folklore, as well as a slow-burning first love story. There’s also an underlying but not heavy-handed environmentalist message about the way weather can affect people and even cause disaster. Hodaka’s coming-of-age plot burns brightest, as does the blooming romance between him and Hina”.
“Fans of Japanese anime won’t need much convincing to see Weathering with You, but it should also appeal to older tweens, teens, and adults who appreciate more mature animation.”
“His granular attention to detail is nothing short of astounding, whether depicting a water droplet clinging to an iPhone screen, or recreating the synthetic inflation of a Big Mac bun as it’s released from its carton.”
“It is one of the most beautiful films you’ll see all year, and deserves to go down a storm.”
“Despite the fact that it struggles to stand on its own two feet at times, there’s a lot to love in Weathering With You. From the earnestly beautiful simplicity of its protagonists’ plight to its tender, touching examination of Tokyo, it is a film that revels in intimacy—whether it’s in the appreciation of a relationship that grounds you in a period of chaos, or just the simple romance of finding a quiet life in a bustling, big city.”
If you loved Shinkai’s Your Name and haven’t had the chance to see his latest feature film, TREAT YOURSELF!