ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – H – Weathering with You (2019) Movie Review

This is under Ho because of the main character Hodaka.

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Writer: Makoto Shinkai (Screenplay)

Starring: (voice talents) Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Shun Oguri, Sei Hiraizumi, Yuke Kaji

Plot: A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Tagline – An impossible love made possible by the changing weather.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Weathering with You starts as we meet Hodaka, who is running away to Tokyo, when he gets to meet a stranger Keisuka Suga on the ship taking him there, where he ends up working for him and his niece Natsumi Suga. They are searching for a sunshine girl, that can change the weather, bringing sun to the rainy Tokyo skies.

The search takes them high and low until Hodaka meets Hina, the sunshine girl, who looks to start helping the resident of Tokyo enjoy the sunshine on a rainy day.

Thoughts on Weathering with You

Characters – Hodaka is the teenage runaway who finds himself in Tokyo, looking for something more from life. He gets more than he bargained for, meeting the Suga’s that offer him a home, shelter and job, searching for a sunshine girl. He will fall in love in the most unlikely way, as he learns to grow up in the world. Hina is the sunshine girl that the people have been searching for, she has the ability to turn the rain into sun, something she does to help people in the city, but it is coming at a price. She starts to get involved with Hodaka as the two look to open up the world to a better place. We do also meet the adults that are trying to guide the young couple to try and find the right path, each one will give advice and show what life is really worth.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage runaway that heads to Tokyo and falls in love with a sunshine girl, a girl that can control the weather, bringing the sunshine back during the rainiest days. There journey will not be easy and they will be drawn together by love, the biggest driving point of their relationship. This is a story that does following in the steps of Your Name of a fantasy love story between two young people that doesn’t make logically sense, but is drawn together to make sure it doesn’t sound out of place. We do get the message of learning about hope through the darkest moments in life, which will show how difficult to be without someone in life will cause problems or help you grow.

ThemesWeathering with You is the latest animation from the director that bought us Your Name, it looks amazing with their creation, turning to a lot of weather conditions. The romantic side of the film that will give us a chance to see how far life will drive you for love. The Tokyo backdrop shows us just how the city will be filled with people looking for something more.

Final Thoughts Weathering with You is a beautiful animation with a moving story of love through the weather.

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