Your Name. ★★★★

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"It was almost as if...as if it was a scene from a dream."

Your Name. casts a gentle, soothing aura, like a cool breeze during a warm summer day that makes it stand out from virtually every film I've seen this year. I found myself really taken with its sweeping emotion and appreciated how well it calms the mind as well as it charms the heart. As far as I'm concerned, its flaws are minimal and don't hinder its overall effect at all. Still, I can't help imagine how near-perfect this would be without its sometimes clunky dialogue, slightly manipulative narrative, and the, at times, overbearing pop songs that undercut otherwise touching moments. None of that makes it any less of a satisfying film both thematically (with a story that could've proved difficult to navigate but never feels like it) and visually, of course. Man, is it a stunning work to behold. It's absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous with animation that ranks amongst the most beautiful I've seen. Few films, animated or otherwise, have impressed upon me the awe that I found myself feeling during some sequences in this.

P.S. Thank you to my friend, ajstaff for putting this on my radar oh so long ago. I'm really glad I finally sat down to see it!
P.P.S. If anyone is in need of therapeutic, relaxing cinema during these anxiety-inducing times, this will likely do the trick!

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