Written March 23, 2017
This wonderful animated film is as beautiful and lyrical as it is jarring and stark. The characters are so well developed you just feel their presence. The story line cuts no corners in presenting the reality of the period . There is a perfect balance between the characters and the story.
If you are expecting lots of fantastical creatures and characters - as in 'Spirited Away' - you will not find them in 'The Wind Rises' - but - if you want to see the very best animation has to offer, this is the perfect film. The colors, the detail, the animation are just letter perfect.
You will need to see this again and agin because every time you find something new and wonderful.
Written April 23, 2017
If you're expecting the kind of story the Japanese master has spun in his last two ventures then you'll be sadly disappointed. No strange spirits oozing out of walls or humans turning into pigs. What you will find, however, is a uniquely wonderful coming of age tale which touches on several things common to Miyazaki--the ugliness of war, beautiful animated landscapes and bombs. All of this swirls around the growing up of a brilliant young man and the forces which mold him into the genius he becomes. The single greatest influence in making him the man he becomes is the young love of his life, which he discovers as he attempts to do the best and right thing early in his life, and a random act of kindness eventually leads to the uniting of the two. The significance of this union is reflected by a line in the movie which, loosely paraphrased is, greatness can only be achieved when there is a love fire burning at home and a drive to succeed at work. Yet another masterful stroke by Miyazaki.
Written March 06, 2014
i loved this film. i love the way it blended ones fantasies and reality was exceptional. the animation is beautiful. the dubbing of english speaking actors is well cast. when you hear them you know who they are. i dont know why it was PG-13. PG i could see but there isn't anything that is disturbing for children. go see it.
Written February 22, 2014
My son (12) writes:
We were lucky enough to see this first-run movie in history class. However, the history of the movie was never explained, and as a twelve-year-old who is not especially aware of the Japanese Imperial tradition before World War II, I was lost at sea. The whole idea of serving an Emperor weirded me out, so I lost a lot of the flavor of the characters, the animation, and most of all, the plot.
My father told me that he would have prepared my class with something about what it meant to be a proud Japanese kid dreaming of great things back in the 1920's. I hope he'll give me that lesson one day, but right now, it just highlights a pretty negative, boring experience for me.
Yo, parents!! Explain this movie to your kids BEFORE you take them, or none of the characters' motivations make any sense at all.
Written January 09, 2014
This was tough to watch. At the end we were all confused as to why someone would pour so much time into this effort as their final movie.