Written March 03, 2014
I wish the engagement were longer for this film. This is a wonderful addition to the Studio Ghibli family. The film moved everyone in the theater.
Written August 02, 2014
I loved The Wind Rises. A number of people here are getting upset over the fact that there is a lot of smoking going on - just get over it! The story was interesting, since I love planes, flying, and the WW II era. The art work is exceptional - I was constantly focussing on the backgrounds, the movement of the characters, the details, and I was very happy with the level of craftsmanship that went into the making of this film. Especially if you are a Studio Ghibi / Hayao Miyazaki fan, this film is well worth your time and money!
Written March 14, 2014
For Miyazaki's last film, there were so many awesome things about this movie! Beautifully animated, amazing writing, and the sound effects were VERY cool! It's not really a kids movie, but I recommend this movie for any true fan of animation and follower of Miyazaki.
Written March 15, 2014
With the finesse and depth of all the Miyazaki movies, "The Wind Rises" carries you through from childhood to the struggles of adulthood alongside a man with a dream. While there is nothing in this film that kids cannot see, I don't know that young children would understand or appreciate the nuances in "The Wind Rises." It is animation, yes, but not children's animation. So many of Miyazaki's movies are written on multiple levels, you can watch them again and again and never see it all.
Visually beautiful, as is allof Miyazaki's work, this film reaches an emotional beauty as well and challenges long held beliefs about war and those involved in it. This is a movie that would make Werner von Braun weep. Spoiler alert - it does not reach a happy, feel-good conclusion.
An absolute must-see for all Miyazaki devotees. It is his last, but his work will never be forgotten.
Written March 11, 2014
If you are a Miyazaki fan, this is a must go for you. The story follows the main character for 25+ years throughout important stages of his life. As a young man, he has very powerful dreams and those dreams follow him and play and important role through the many trials and tribulations he faces. The rising action and climax is not as distinct as other movies or how some might prefer, the movie flows like the rolling hills featured in the movie - just relax and let your imagination wonder.