Movie Review - The Wind Rises
The man is Jiro Horikoshi. He loves planes. He daydreams about flying in them, but he doesn't become a pilot or join the air force. He's mostly at a desk drawing blueprints or sketches. He is there to see his designs come to life, but Jiro mainly stays on the ground and watches other people fly them or crash them. He does fly paper airplanes, but that's about it.
At the same time, it all feels too bright and happy. There aren't too many scenes that take place at night for example. This is probably true for most of Miyazaki's works, but it's not about literal darkness. Given the subject matter, it all feels a little too cheery. Its tone is too bright. The politics of World War II are kept at a distance like the Holocaust and Hitler or Emperor Hirohito, even though there is a direct line between Jiro and the war.
The film instead pivots toward this romance between Jiro and Nahoko. It's cheesy, sappy and sentimental. It too was ultimately boring and I'm not sure what their relationship meant in the long run or the short run or even at all. Aside from a few images, I didn't get too much creativity, not a lot of things that stick in my mind or were particularly outstanding.
Two Stars out of Five.
Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking.
Running Time: 2 hrs. and 6 mins.