Your Name (きみ の な わ) – Movie Review (no spoilers)
I recently watched the film “Your Name” (きみ の な わ)
…and i liked it so much that i decided to write a review on it.
So let me just start off with the fact that i rarely watch anime. I’ve watched a few feature length anime films. Like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and of course, this film. But I’ve never followed any episode based anime series. Partially because i watch very few TV series all together, since they require a lot more time as opposed to a movie in which you can just sit down with a bowl of popcorn and be done in 2 hours.
But also partially because it has never really appealed to me all that much. When it comes to Japanese pop culture, I’m more into the games and the music.
But anyways, I digress. I just wanted to get that out of the way so that anyone reading this knows that i’m reviewing this film as a non-anime fan.
I’ll begin with saying that this movie is visually stunning. It features a lot of really nice looking artwork featuring beautiful landscapes and urban Tokyo. With lots of bright colors and oddly satisfying 3D effects (for a 2D movie). It all makes it seem very fantasy-esque, which i personally adore. I’ve always been fond of beautiful dream like visual artwork. And it’s probably one of the key elements contributing to why i liked this movie so much.
Without adding spoilers, there’s not much i can say about this other than that the plot is great. There’s a lot of suspense after the major reveal about half-way into the movie. And the pacing through out the whole thing is amazing. I didn’t find myself bored at any point and I was thoroughly satisfied at the end.
I found most of the characters to be really likeable and funny. And the english voice cast is great! Sorry if you’re part of the anti-dub cult, but to me, the audio is half the movie, and i prefer to understand what is being said on screen without having to constantly distract myself with subtitles.
I also kept thinking that one of the characters (Shinta Takagi) sounded very familiar, and being a major FFXV fan, I’m a little bit disappointed in myself that i had to go online and look it up to figure out that he was voiced by Ray Chase (a.k.a Noctis Lucis Caelum).
And i also kept cracking up during some of the scenes with Mitsuha’s little sister. As she heavily reminded me of my own little sister with her snarky attitude.
To me, the music used in a movie or TV series is very very important. And can often be a critical factor on whether or not i like a movie. And the music in this one is just perfect. I think the only other movie in which I’ve considered the music to be so perfectly fitting to the scenario, is The Social Network. I even found the songs to be so good that I’ve been listening to them on Youtube afterwards.
I’d say I’ll have to give it a solid 9.5/10. Whether you like anime or not. I think this is definitely a movie you should watch.
I might even add it to my list of favorites. Although, I’d have to re-watch it a few more times first. Because to me, it doesn’t matter how good i think the movie was when it comes to favoring it. This probably goes without saying. But to me, It’s all about re-watch value, which more often than not, rarely depends on how good it is overall. But rather about how many times I’m willing to watch it.
Before writing this review, I decided to look up other reviews online. To see what other people had to say about it. Because whenever i like a movie very well, I tend to overlook even the biggest flaws. So i wanted to hear other people’s opinions before writing out my own as a way to stay fairly unbiased. And it turns out that this movie has apparently been marked as the highest grossing anime movie of all time. Which is fairly surprising to me.
It even goes so far that a live-action adaptation directed by J.J Abrams is in the works. Which is something I have very mixed feelings about for multiple reasons.
For one, J.J Abrams has a really good track record with major hits like the Star Trek reboot and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the past has proven to us that even the director of critically acclaimed movies like The Sixth Sense can go onto create the abomination that is called The Last Airbender.
Secondly, live action adaptations of games, anime and cartoons tend to be really…bad (look above).
And third, I personally feel like it’s way too soon. “Your Name” came onto the global market literally under a year ago. I can understand the idea of remaking old movies. But cmon, this just feels like it has no other purpose other than to milk some more money out of that cash-cow.
But well, only time will tell. And i do intend to give Abrams the benefit of the doubt here though. So we’ll see how it turns out.