Weathering With You Movie Review
Weathering With You also known as Tenki No Ko in Japanese! Let’s begin the review! Let’s talk about the characters. Hodaka is actually pretty boring near the beginning and by the time he becomes interesting half of the movie is already over. However, Hina obviously fills up the role of “the interesting character” and she is basically the star of this movie and her powers were featured in like every trailer or poster for this movie.
This movie definitely does deliver on showing her powers to you with gorgeous animation all while telling you a beautiful story. Hina also has a younger brother who might be funny to most people but I thought that he was actually pretty annoying. Okay so this movie has to be the funniest Makoto Shinkai movie till date. While all the jokes don’t make you laugh and just come off as awkward scenes, most of them do. I still don’t think that Makoto Shinkai should focus on comedic scenes though, since they aren’t as good as his emotional scenes or even his action scenes which were there at the end of the movie.
This movie turns into an action movie by the end and there is an epic chase taking place and it is directed really well. Makoto Shinkai knows how to do action very well too which is pretty impressive. While the music won’t be as memorable as Kimi No Nawa’s music and won’t stick in your mind afterwards, it surely is great! I will say that the music in this movie is much more energetic and it was nice seeing these lively songs in a Makoto Shinkai film. You could say that the songs in the other Makoto Shinkai films are like rain, calm, soothing, yet gloomy while the songs in this movie are like sunlight- warm, bright and lively! Okay I think Makoto Shinkai LOVES rain because at this point, rain has been an important part of two of his movies- the first one being Garden of Words. And even in Kimi No Nawa’s ending, there were some puddles on the ground.
I was expecting a Post Credit or End Credit Scene since Garden of Words had one but unfortunately, this one has no post credit scene so that was pretty disappointing. Okay so the animation was the thing that made seeing it in the theaters worth it. Even if you have watched this movie in those anime sites in low camera recorded quality, I would say that you try rewatching it in the theaters when it comes out in your place at least once! It was absolutely AMAZING! Especially near the end.
I would definitely recommend this movie. And now, we are heading into the half spoiler territory where I will talk about cameos and references so yeah, half-spoiler alert! THIS JUST BLEW MY MINDDDDD! I think this story either takes place during that time skip in Kimi No Nawa, because Mitsuha was also in Tokyo so she came to Tokyo in her own body during the time skip, right? Either way, this was amazing and again, it blew my mind! I was just so happy to see Taki and Mitsuha again and these were undoubtedly the best scenes in this movie for me, just because it caught me SO off guard! I think I like Taki’s cameo a little more, though.
Anyways, now we are heading into full spoiler territory so spoiler alert! Okay so Hodaka learns that Hina, also known as the Sunlight Girl, will soon be “sacrificed” for messing with the weather and that is exactly what happens the next day. After Hodaka wakes up with the help of a terrifyingly disturbing nightmare, which, by the way, also tells that Makoto Shinkai would be able to make disturbing horror films pretty well, he goes in search of Hina but finds her nowhere. Weathering With You
He tries to reach Hina on a cloud tree, I guess, but the police try to stop him and overall, the chase that takes place between the police and Hodaka is just animated amazingly and is actually a pretty intense scene. In some films, you know from the very beginning of the chase that the character being chased is not going to get caught because he or she is the main character but here, it was different, because the police already had established how powerful they were and had almost got Hodaka. If Suga didn’t stop the police from arresting Hodaka then he would actually be caught before meeting Hina for one last time and that’s what makes it so intense.
You aren’t sure if the protagonist will actually be caught or not. Anyways, Hodaka reaches the top floor of the building and prays in front of the shrine like Hina did and automatically gets transported to a terrifying water cloud thingy. That water whale which swallowed Hodaka was genuinely terrifying. I am sure at this point that Makoto Shinkai would make nice horror movies.
This scene was absolutely terrifying! And after all this water madness takes place, he finally reaches Hina and pulls her back into Tokyo and also restores rain in it in the process. And then at the end, three years later, he suddenly meets Hina again. Okay, this ending was basically a copy of Kimi No Nawa’s ending and it wasn’t even as satisfying and it felt very repetitive so yeah, I have mixed feelings about this ending. Weathering With You Rating- 10/10