Directed by Makoto Shinkai
Produced by Genki Kawamura
Weathering With You is Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, released in the UK on January 15th as a special double feature being shown with Your Name. The film tells the story of two teenage runaways trying to survive in Tokyo despite the rain and the fact they’re too young to be out of school. Hodaka moves to Tokyo due to feeling suffocated on the island where he used to live but once he get’s there it’s not as fun as he thinks as he tries to find a job, a place to live, and survive. He meets Hina in a McDonald’s after she gives him a free burger and develops feelings for her. However things only get more complicated as he finds a gun, saves Hina from the red light district and discovers she has the power to stop the rain by praying. As he gains employment with a man called Keisuke and starts a business with Hina using her “Sunshine girl” powers, he discovers they come at a cost.
Ok so first of all I loved this film it was so pretty that even the grimy parts of Tokyo look beautiful. It’s all hyper real looking with cute stylised characters and any frame just looks gorgeous. The rain animation is great especially as it’s a huge part of the film and of course will remind fans of Shinkai’s work of Garden of Words. Speaking of his other works there is a cameo of Mitsua and Taki from your name that made me happy and freak out in the cinema.
The story I liked too it takes fantasy stuff and places it in modern day Tokyo and adds the romance and tension of all the weather problems to make it more interesting. The weather of course being the main point as the rain disturbs many events and Hina is brought in to stop it and make people happy. It fits well with the mood as the sunny sky appears when characters are happy and the rain makes them depressed. The weather problems also get worse as the film reaches its climax juxtaposing the situations of the main character, which I don’t want to spoil here. I’ll just say that the ending was a surprise for me I didn’t think it would go the way it did and that’s a good thing as I’m glad it wasn’t too predictable or tragic.
The characters were good and complex all having their own stories and making the viewer care about them. From Keisuke trying to care for his daughter to Hina’s brother Nagi wanting to stay with his older sister, and being an amusing ladies man despite his young age. They are all good and I like every one, though admittedly I did want to know more, especially with Hina who felt a bit bland to me at times. There was plenty of sad and funny moments and a lot of suspense making me worry and care about what happens.
I can’t decide if I like it more than Your Name yet as comparisons are bound to happen due to the connection between the two films, and the fact I saw them both back to back. They both have the similar themes of fantasy things appearing in the modern day real world and a boy and girl who meet and fall for each other due to magical circumstances. All I can say is this films is beautiful and heartfelt and I recommend anyone to go see it.
I’m also obligated to say that the cinema seats were amazing XD