WEATHERING WITH YOU (2019) Review
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
Yes, I love Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name.’ I was blown by literally everything about it. But can I say the same thing about ‘Weathering With You’? No. But there’s still something so special about it it’s irresistible once you get the hang of the story.
The film tells the story of a Japanese belief of a legend of ‘Sunshine Girl’ and ‘Rain Girl.’ Now, being a Filipino, I can’t seem to fully connect with that part of the film. But that’s the base of the film, and even though I felt alienated, I was in awe of everything I am seeing. The beauty of the film is not just its animation but how it was told and how the transitions of the story goes from a light romantic comedy to you-and-me-against-the-world.
The problem with the film, I think is pretty obvious. The characters are being selfish choosing love instead of getting rid of the continuous rains which makes Japan sink because of the floods. BUT, the story is contained to their love story, it’s contained to that idea that their love is powerful than anything, that their love is more than enough to not be bothered by the floods, the cold weather, the rain and everything that comes with it. I felt that in the movie but I’m not sure if their love really is enough in the long run. There are so many things you can do without the rain especially the flood.
Not minding that, the film presents a powerful love story told beautifully through animation and Japan as the film’s backdrop. It’s not how the usual Filipino stories tell that romance against all odds does not work. It just use the power of love as something that’s enough to fight for the things worth fighting.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Weathering With You’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films, also available in IMAX (2D). Rated PG by the MTRCB.