4.3.2015 The Wind Rises

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Upon revisit I still think this is one of his strongest films. Up there with Spirited Away and Totoro for me. I love that while the form feels very familiar, it is not the kind of film that is usually made with animation – a sweeping romantic melodrama. There is a lot going on here, but the core, that his dreams and art are, by simply being put into action, already corrupted by the world really hits home. It also has an interesting structure, episodic, feeling like it shouldn’t work, but pulling along each strand just right to not lose control.