Feature Play: Your Name
Imagine this: one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in over a thousand year in Japan, you, a high school girl who lives on the countryside, want to live in the city because you’re fed up with country life. It’s stale, stagnant and boring. Or imagine that you’re a high school boy who is living in Tokyo with your friend and working as a part time employee in an Italian restaurant. You also have a strong interest in fine arts that involve architecture.
One day, those of you who are the girl, dream of yourself as being the boy. And those of you who are the boy Dream that you’re a girl attending high school in the countryside. These dreams are only the beginning of a rather intricate and life changing experience.
We used the second person narrative in introducing the now famous and Oscar nominated anime movie Your Name because that’s exactly how the the story feels. While you do get beautiful, intricate storytelling from our personal favorite storyteller Makoto Shinkai. We’ve written about his other works like his first created (and our personal fave) “Voices of a Distant Star,” and “5 Centimeters Per Second.”
Fans of his work will know the drill with the initial experience when watching “Your Name” which has many scenes that’ll tug at your heartstrings. There is also the distant, hopeless romance. You’ll feel right at home. But what’s different is that his story has now reached new heights in popularity and is slowly making its way into the world with the force of a Studio Ghibli.
As long time fans of his work all we can say is, it’s about freakin’ time!
As you can tell the premise of the story is pretty simple but that’s the beauty of Makoto’s works. They are deceptively simple. The depth comes from the building story and the atmosphere. The movie drives home several imperative points about love and humanity, which make for a very philosophical experience.
But these philosophies are very accessible to the average person. Makoto has always been able to do this in such cramped spaces, and it’s none too different here with the presentation of story that is very focused on its primary characters. The only downfall to this is that it does make the secondary characters come off less impactful.
We can’t recommend this movie enough! It is going to be one of the biggest events this year especially when it finally gets recognition as being nominated for an Oscar!