Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Wind Rises - H. Miyazake 2013

A cartoon biopic about a Japanese, turn of the (last) century airplane engineer may not sound like an obvious chef d'oeuvre, and truth be told, despite the Miyazake mold, nor was it.

It was, of course, poetic and aesthetically appealing, as always, and it combined two of his recurrent leitmotifs - technology and war - but it was still hard to whip up sufficient interest for the lead character, notwithstanding his underlying moral ambiguity, to last for two full hours.



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