“We’ll be alright” – Thoughts on Weathering with You

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve had the experience of walking out of a theatre and wanting, intensely, to walk straight back in and to watch the movie that I had just finished, one more time. Weathering with You was yet another entry in Makoto Shinkai’s repertoire that blew me away in ways totally different from his previous works. Where Your Name sought to portray the emotions of a country at a time of intense grief and disaster, Weathering with You painted a picture of the uncertainty and unease of a generation – our generation. I’ve written once before about the distance I felt from the events of Tohoku in 2011 and how Your Name tried to bridge that gap, but this movie felt just so much closer. Almost painfully so.

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Remember that feeling: Thoughts on ‘Your Name’

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Yesterday night was the night that I finally got to watch Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. I went with a small group of friends and we all, more or less, enjoyed the experience a lot. As customary with this kind of thing, we chatted for a bit about our impressions of the movie, the things we liked, the emotions we felt, and so on and so forth. It was pretty late by the time we exited the theatre and some of us had things they needed to do the next day so we decided to call it night. After we said our goodbyes, a close friend of mine drove my sister and I home. On the car ride back, I asked him how he felt about the movie. He’s the type of person that never really goes in depth in explaining his opinion, but he’s also the kind of person who knows a lot and thinks in depth about a lot of things. So when he gave his one sentence impression of the film, I was a little confused at first, but then I realized what he meant – and realized how much it echoed my feelings for the film exactly.

He said, “The movie was sad.”

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