Monday, December 27, 2010

#5 - 5 Centimeters per Second Review

My 5th Favorite movie

(sorry, this review is kind of long)

Your average american movie watcher has probably never heard of this film. But among those who love Japanese anime, this movie is extremely well known. Some even go so far as to say that the director, Makoto Shinkai, rivals Miyazaki in brilliance.

5 Centimeters per Second Trailer 1
5 Centimeters per Second Trailer 2
(Don't bother trying to understand the trailer's subtitles.
Don't worry, the in-movie subtitles make sense)

Now, i don't generally watch anime anymore because i realized that a lot of anime suffers from giant robot/alien syndrome, generally have a very formulaic cast of characters, and generally don't explain or expand on plot points. ( I understand that i am over generalizing, and people can make similar arguments about "Hollywood films and endings". But like how some people like to watch different genres. Some people have the same feelings towards anime. )

But "5 Centimeters per Second" differs a lot from the typical anime formula. With no sci-fi element, no headstrong, leap before looking main protagonist, and no mystical theme in it. It takes a look at two childhood lovers that slowly drift apart because of their inability to act. This tragic love story is beautifully told with minimal dialog and very vivid imagery. When a character is in pain you see it, and in those moments the entire color scheme changes, and external imagery is used to convey what happens.