Weathering with You

Weathering with You ★★★★★

Doesn't have the epic scope of Your Name, but it doesn't matter. This story of a young girl who can control sunshine is magical.

More than any other format, animated cinema is able to evoke so much just from how it looks. Every time the perma-rain clears and light reflects off the damp flowers is like a heavenly experience.

It's like the other side of the tunnel, some clarity after a long period of grey.

It feels like falling in love, the weather bringing a breath of fresh air, like a kind of romance that fills your lungs and lights up your entire body. My eyes were soggy the whole time.

Apart from a bizarre subplot involving a gun, there's a gleeful innocence to the film. Of course Hodaka and Hina are on a certain course of intertwining fates, and this being a Shinkai film, time and rules-of-circumstance are unavoidable obstacles.

There are train tracks and contemporary j-pop and even some cameos that had this audience absolutely shooketh - though the telephone wires of 5 Centimeters Per Second are missed.

It's unfair Weathering with You had to follow Your Name. It's not structurally dissimilar enough to dodge unfavourable comparisons, but even with its meteorological focus, this is a much more intimate film.

A better cast of characters than Your Name, it's a film about family and how far you'd go for the people you love. Of romantic love, but familial too, and even that for where you live.

Tokyo is a main character here, its winding roads and geological history tied to a kind of thematic inevitability. The city used to be water-based, and perhaps with the rain it's not so much being destroyed as returned.

I am head over heels in love with this.