Written March 05, 2014
I watched the trailer on Fandango and thought I was going to the Joseph Gordon Levitt version. I did not expect to read subtitles for such a long film. The art was good and the story was an enjoyable one.
Written April 09, 2014
Fans of Miyazaki's earlier work will be delighted to see the master is still fully on top of his game. The animation is nothing short of spectacular: what would be a throwaway transition shot in some other animator's film here becomes a study on the play of dappled sunlight. And prewar Japan is rendered in loving detail, caught in the fascinating transition from traditional to modern.
The story is gently but deftly told, interspersing scenes from the life of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi with fantastic dream sequences in which Jiro imagines flying with various aircraft models and developing a relationship with an older Italian airplane designer whose work he admires. It's a sad tale—Jiro gets to design his airplanes, but knows they will be used for a war he is opposed to; he gets engaged to the girl he loves, but knows she is ill and won't live long—but Jiro's heroic attitude of taking the bad with the good and making the most of his opportunities gives it enduring hope as well.
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 March 19, 2014
Words cannot express just how magnificent Miyazaki's final full-length feature film was. It left me speechless and content with the work of Miyazaki. This film completes the collection that Studio Ghibli has brought into this world.