Written March 07, 2014
A beautiful film to look at but much longer than it needed to be. I'm not sure what the point is, but I know the director is a devoted pacifist.
Written March 13, 2014
"The Wind Rises" is an interesting view of one man's biography. It does offer hope that inventions can bring great promise, destruction, then peaceful promise. The invention is the airplane, if you didn't know. As an animated film, it can teach younger audiences that while your initial dream job is dashed (being a pilot) because of poor vision, one can contribute to the success of the airplane by another method (being an aeronautical engineer).
Written April 04, 2014
Finally got to see it, since it was only playing 60 miles away. Was concerned to take my 8.5 year old due to the rating, but was pleasantly surprised. If you look past the smoking and the word "damn", it was worth it. My 8.5 year old has been a Studio Ghibli fan for several years. Some of the other films she hasn't been able to watch yet, but even with a PG-13 it was great! I'm glad I took my chances!
Written October 23, 2014
I've raised my daughter on Miyazaki films, so when the chance came to take her (and a friend) to what is rumored to be his last film, I jumped right in there. Here you won't find much in the way of Studio Ghibli's usual magic and fairy critters, but truly, you won't miss them - the imagination of Jiro Horikoshi offers a good deal of the magic in this storyline as he grows, lives and loves in one of the most turbulent periods of Japanese history. I was worried that much of the storyline may have been above the girl's heads, but they fell for this movie HARD and enjoyed discussing it afterward.
Fair warning - this is a 2 hour movie, and some kids probably won't absorb its loftier message as easily as with previous Ghibli titles. But for those who have a love of Miyazaki animations, the sublime storyline and graphics demand to be seen on a theater screen to be fully appreciated.
(On an added note, I wonder how he got so much cigarette smoking past Disney? LOL)
Written July 28, 2014
I thought this movie was a visual and auditory masterpiece with great care and detail put into every facet. Loved the characters, their interactions, their struggles, their dreams, and their lessons. I think this film is family friendly, though it's more likely that adults would more greatly appreciate the messages and underlying themes as I don't feel this was intended to just be a cartoon for kids. Overall wonderful film that should not be missed.