Your Name. ★★★★★

This is one of those movies that has changed my life and the way I see the world. What often does seem like just another teen romance contains messages that reflect all of our human experiences and connections to each other and the world we live in.

First of all, this is the best execution of a body swap plot that I’ve seen. While body swap stories can be fun, it is way too easy to make this plot cheesy and preverted. Your Name allows itself a few jokes about boobs, but overall uses its body swap for a real purpose later on, and creates a delightful montage of these characters really getting to know each other by walking a mile ineach other’s shoes. I think it’s very interesting having a story where two people can naturally fall in love with each other dispite never technically being in the same room together. 

The visuals are absolutely beautiful! You could pause at any point in the movie and have a great wallpaper background. These images will truly stuck with you. 

The music is also fantastic and I often find myself humming it throughout the day. Both the score and the tracks by RADWIMPS are fantastic and add so much to this film. 

The characters in this movie are all pretty generic. Both Taki and Mitsuha are your pretty standard anime teens. But, I don’t think that has to be a drawback. Not every movie needs a super deep, emotional, main character. I actually think their generic characters help communicate the universal message of the film.