jamesbondguy -> RE: All Things Anime (19/6/2007 9:17:23 PM)
Was asked to add this, so I might as well place my Whisper of the Heart review, from the mini-reviews thread, into here-
Whisper of the Heart (1995- Kondo)
- One of the most unsung of all the Ghibli films.
- A tragic film, with character's that are so perfect in both mannerisms and actions.
- An involving look at the evolving of talent- one of the best ever made, and every step of Shizuku's journey from care-free to obssessed novel writer is fantastic.
- A script from Hayao Miyazaki that is near pitch-perfect- it has a few flaws, but it's generally great.
- The only film made by Miyazaki's trainee, Yoshifumi Kondo- before he died tragically a few years later. His direction of voicing, and the flow of the story, is great.
- Some fantastic artwork- and an excellent paen to suburban Tokyo.
- Feels very magical and innocent- the scene on the rooftop is excellently played- as is the performance in the workshop. Two fantastic film scenes- and there are so many short, fleeting scenes that are just perfect (the fade out on the duo in the Libary, sitting with Moon balcony.)
- Not a lot.
- Some of the subplots are a little uninvolving.
- Shizuku and the baseball player's subplot remained a little too glossed over- could have done with a bit more depth.
- Would've liked to have seen a bit more of the novel- but I can understand why it was sidelined by the director.
- Some obvious product placement (only twice.) Those who have seen it will know what I'm talking about.
- The fact the DVD case shows the Baron and the girl flying, when that scene appears for only a few minutes in the film. False advertising, or what?
Score: ****/ ***** (Whisper of the Heart gets a very high four from me.)