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Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elijah Wood, Emily Blunt
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The Wind Rises is a cartoon about the man who designed some of the most beautiful airplanes in history. If follows his life from World War I through World War II. It is subtitled, documenting the story of Jiro Horikishi and his contribution to aviation history. This movie offers something a little different for movie goers. The original is in Japanese, but Disney has dubbed it for English speaking audiences. This parental guide to the movies thinks that this film is excellent for the entire family, save for a few war scenes that are done realistically.
This movie is unique in its technique. It is a cartoon done in the style of a graphic novel. The scene detail is amazing and the frames are beautifully done. It is a beautiful sensory experience. The soundtrack is in Japanese and is light and airy. The movie is largely silent except for the subtitles that inform the audience of the plot.
Some of the scenes are frightening, particularly those during the war. It shows the First World War from the perspective of the children. It shows suffering and destruction during the war. It shows how poverty and disease plagued Japan in the Great Depression. There is also a frightening earthquake scene. However, as far as inappropriate content for children, this movie is appropriate for all ages, except for those young enough to be frightened by the earthquake and war scenes.
This movie is said to be the last movie of Hayao Miyazaki before his retirement. The aesthetics of the film are decidedly Japanese animation style. It promises to be a different movie experience than the average American audience has come to expect. It is more like an artistically done documentary in cartoon. This is an interesting experience and may be a good introduction to the world or art films. Regardless, it is a beautiful movie experience for all but the youngest family members.
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