The Wind Rises

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)

with Tara from the Internet, Sunshine Cinema, 3/23/14



What an odd movie this is.  It’s an ode to imagination, an ode to aviation, an ode to female devotion – maybe even a tragic/ironic ode to war.  It’s a curiously disjointed and free-associative movie, lacking any clear focus, yet filled with enchanting moments.  The dream sequences – in which our hero is playfully mentored by the great Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Caproni – are the movie’s freest, most spectacular, and most resonant passages.  The love story is more or less by-the-numbers, and at times the real-world segments feel like they’d have worked better in a live-action film.  Still, there’s no denying Miyazaki’s artistry, or his passion for the subject matter.  If this really is his last movie, he will be sorely missed.

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