AdamMcDee’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film is a truly beautiful thing. For a while, you can just escape the world and dive into something spectacular. You forget everything around you, and find something special in the art of film. Be it action, comedy, romance, drama, horror, there's just something to find behind the worlds other people have created.
I was fortunate enough to experience this on Tuesday night. And the experience was so surreal as I was introduced to Taki and Mitsuha, of Mikato Shinkai's "Your Name", an anime fantasy/drama film.
I don't possibly know where to begin on what I loved about this film, but I might as well try. To start, the animation is truly something beautiful to behold. With such great attention to detail, the film also gives you moments to just take in the world it has created, and to allow you to appreciate every little part of it. Be it the busy and forever moving city of Tokyo, or the calm and quiet town of Itomori, you are certainly given a treat of a spectacle.
The characters are fantastic too. Both Taki and Mitsuha make an incredibly strong impression on the viewer, with their powerful personalities shining though, through just the skill of the animators and the voice actors. These two are also accompanied by a fun supporting cast, with each character bringing something special to the fable, and making sure they each stick out in your mind.
Something that really stuck with me throughout the film was how deserved the emotional scenes were. The movie was able to build up the connection between Mitsuha and Taki to a point where any interaction they had felt incredibly genuine, as if you were seeing two life long friends. And while there is plenty of humour within the movie, it does nothing to detract from the emotional scenes. The tonal balance is absolutely spectacular, with no emotion feeling forced.
Being accompanied by a beautiful score certainly helps these scenes. The music used throughout has a profound effect as it inspires something deep inside you, that brings on such emotions that you are able to relate to what Taki and Mitsuha are going through, and you're with them every step of the way.
And to put it all into such simple words, the film is so much more than what you may expect. Go see it, engross yourself in the beautiful world this film has created. Because already, I can't wait to rewatch this film.
An emotionally charged and beautifully animated film, Your Name as definitely earned its spot as my favourite film of the year.