Review By Michelle Lynn Tackett
1 Star: God save the Queen!
2 Stars: An OK Movie bought down by some major flaws.
3 Stars: A good movie that just misses the mark of being a great movie.
4 Stars: One of the best movies you can see.
I love anime so much. The colors, stories, gorgeous images, and colorful characters. I think anime gives us a lot of things that American animation doesn’t. When I watch great anime, I fall head over heels for it, and Your name is one of the best anime, no, movies I’ve ever seen.
Mitsuha and Taki are two of the greatest characters I’ve seen in any movie. They’re your typical high school kids. Mitsuha is struggling with rural angst while Taki is struggling with Urban disdain. Miki, Yotsuha, and Hitoha round out one of the most wonderful casts of characters who you’ll see. Taki and Mitsuha are lovable characters that you’ll want them to succeed badly. Your palms will sweat, and you’ll shed some tears over their pain. This is how you do it! Disney used to know how to do this in their movies, but they have lost that magic touch. Thankfully, movies like this haven’t. The perfect voice acting is the icing on the cake.
The story revolves around Taki and Mitsuha. How they deal with their daily struggles, trying to balance work and school. One night, Taki and Mitsuha are going to a celebration, the next morning, they switch bodies. This is where the fun begins for them. I am not going to give too much away, but there is a reason this is happening to them. The story has some nice depth, and the plot makes sense. It unfolds in a natural way with some nice surprises and emotional depth. What a wonderful story that’s perfectly executed.
Makoto Shinkai knocks it out of the park with perfect directing. Every scene makes sense, and his attention to detail is astonishing. You feel like you are there with Taki and Mitsuha. Astonishing scenes of beauty are coupled with lots of adorable laughs, and incredible shots of cel animation that makes most Hollywood animated movies look primitive. Who says animation cannot have mature stories with real characters. Shinkai’s innovative use of low angles and wide shots to tell a compelling story. This is movie making at it’s best. When you watch this movie, you’ll see a clinic for film making. Take notes while watching, you’ll learn something.
Makoto Shinkai did a fantastic job on the screenplay. Take out the cynicism of most Hollywood animated movies and replace it with genuine emotion with characters we want to root for. That makes this a mind-blowing screenplay. I dare anyone to watch the garbage Disney has been spewing out to this masterwork. Perfect dialogue, incredible heart, and genuine emotion raise this above anything Disney has put out as of late. Void of cliches and lazy storytelling, this screenplay nails the importance of storytelling. Your Name shows what animation can be as a medium. You can feel the love coming out of Shinkai. He wants us to feel for the characters, laugh hard, and cry so much it hurts. Chills would run up my spine in some scenes, they were that good. This is how you do it.
What are those? This movie has none of those you speak of.
From the perfect animation to the lovable characters, wonderful story, perfect directing, and gripping screenplay, Your Name is an exercise in film making at it’s best. If you are worn out on American animation, Watch this movie instead. You will see one of the best animated movies ever. Rarely does a movie blow me away this much, but Your Name did. I have seen it multiple times, and it gets better with each viewing. I laughed a lot, cried a lot, and I thought a lot about my life. This movie makes you think about important things in your life and how we take them for granted. I cannot recommend it enough.
Grade: If I could give it 100 stars, I would. 4 Stars! Breathtaking animation mixed with wonderful characters, gorgeous story telling and a screenplay written to perfection. Your Name will be VERY high on my list of favorite movies of all time.
Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU47nhruN-Q
Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU47nhruN-Q
Links to buy Your Name: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Name-Blu-ray-Michael-Sinterniklaas/dp/B074QVZD11