Alex Billington’s review published on Letterboxd:
There are some spectacular sequences in this film. I love Makoto Shinkai's style and animation and super cute storytelling. But this is one strange parable about weather and has such a peculiar message that I'm not sure what to make of it yet. Huh. At first I thought he might be using weather as a metaphor for depression, but there are some pretty clear moments where it's obviously about climate change. And the film's response to that is very off-putting - entirely backwards. But I don't know if that's on purpose or maybe it really isn't about climate change? I don't really know...
The story is sweet but it's nowhere near as good as Your Name, unfortunately. That said, I adore the music and all the visually stunning scenes and the heartfelt love story and so much about it.
I so love all these Japanese animated films where pretty much the entire running time it's about a boy trying to work up the nerve to tell a girl, which he has been spending all this time with, that he has feelings for her. Been there.