A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice ★★★★★

This movie is the perfect example of bullying, sadness, and redemption in the most powerful, emotional way and it is beautiful. This was a tough sit for how heartbreaking it is, seeing the character arcs, the chemistry between Shoya and Shoko, and the first 20 mins. The film is 2 hours and 10 mins long and that is very long for an anime feature film. However, it's runtime was earned. It needed to explore Shoya's character on how he can move on from the past, fix his mistakes, and overcome depression and suicide. It even talks about those issues and it's handled really well.

Do you know what's shocking? Most movies always have the bully as the villain. They have no character, no purpose and they suck of making the audience give a crap, or love to hate them for how nasty they are (except for Biff and Nelson). Here, it took the high road and focuses on the bully. You feel emotion with this character, especially for the people that experience this in their lives. Shoya has been neglected throughout his life for bullying Shoko and because of this, he has no signs of communicating with anyone. This brings to the film's creative side of adding the "X’s". When Shoya looks around we see a blue X on a person's face, and when Shoya feels comfortable, connected with somebody, or has done a good thing the X gets removed. That is BRILLIANT!!! It was such a smart idea to add!

The animation is fantastic, the musical score is peaceful, deep, and effective. The side characters are also interesting, we do see them have their own problems. I also love the communication in the movie; the best parts of the movie are when we see the two leads trying to communicate with the use of sign language. It brings a unique way to the visual storytelling and it feels heartwarming to see a friendship like this on-screen. Not only that, but it also shows them learning. we have one person that is deaf and has trouble communicating, while the other can hear but never learned what communication is. The only way Shoya can communicate is by hurting somebody. The only way Shoko can communicate is by a notebook or sign language. They both hurt each other in the past, always have a hard time sharing their feelings, and they don't know how to break the cycle to create a normal friendship.

This is one of the reasons why I love anime. It tackles a real-life element, while also exploring storytelling that we have never seen before told through to the power of drawings. Some of the "Studio Ghibli" films have that, "Pixar" does that. I hope we get more animated movies like this, and this is a great step in the right direction for new generations. If you feel like you have been bullied, an outcast, trying to make connections with people, or fit in with the outside world this is the perfect film for you to check out.

My Rating: 10/10

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