More gorgeous Makoto Shinkai cloud porn.
GuardianEnzo explained my fascination with Makoto Shinkai perfectly in his own post, so let me quote him:
Like so many great artists, what I think really sets Shinkai apart is his vision. What do I mean by that? Quite literally, as with someone like Monet, the true genius is in how he sees the world. Shinkai somehow has an innate ability to look at a place or object and see the essence of what makes that thing unique, special and beautiful…
That’s the same feeling I get out of Shinkai’s films. Some people go searching for beauty, traveling to exotic locales halfway around the world. But beauty isn’t in how something is; it’s in how you see it. Shinkai sees how beautiful the mundane, ordinary things of this world are: clouds, rain, shadows, trains, and the strangers you walk past every day. Shinkai’s films help the viewer realize this.
The Garden of Words is a love story between a student and an older woman, and shares a similar bittersweet feel to his other works but in a more concise form. It’s beautiful.
My only complaint, and the reason that I gave it an A- rather than a solid A, is that the film tried to go out with a bang when it really ought to have gone out with a whimper. The two lovers embrace and this pumped up, cheerful music starts playing. It’s a happy moment, for sure. But not much has changed. All their problems are still on the table. The music did not match the moment, and that was the final thought the film left me with.
But still, a beautiful film. Highly recommended.
- Storytelling – A – Despite the age gap, managed to convincingly sell their relationship.
- Voice – A – Clouds, rain, Shinkai’s unique feel.
- Characters – A – Poured more into these two characters in 45 minutes than most shows manage to do in 26 episodes.
- Attention Grab – A – Perfect length to match the story.
- Production – A+ – It’s Makoto Shinkai.
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Hotarubi no Mori e