Weathering With You is the latest film from director Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) and continues the theme of a star-crossed love story with a supernatural twist.
The film follows the relationship between a teenage runaway and a girl with the ability to summon sunshine. The story plays out like a modern fairytale, complete with serious threats and shady characters to counterbalance the moments of wonder.
Weathering With You’s is also a welcome respite from generic blockbuster movies. The film’s set-pieces are about emotion instead of mayhem and destruction. The excitement of the film comes from learning about these rich characters rather than chasing after a mcguffin or defusing a doomsday device. It’s sophisticated, symphonic storytelling; Weathering With You focuses on the journey rather than the “heroics”
Weathering With You is a triumphant successor to Your Name, a reminder of the transformative power of cinema, and renewal of one’s faith in humanity.
Weathering With You is now playing in select theaters.