‘Weathering With You’ Review: A Beautiful but Flawed Film about Romance and Climate Change | TIFF 2019

Collider | 9/10/2019 | Rafael Motamayor
Though he’s been making acclaimed movies for years, it was not until Your Name. became the highest-grossing anime film ever in Japan and a global sensation that people started eagerly anticipating Makoto Shinkai’s next feature, Weathering With You. The result is a beautifully animated film about love, growing up, and human’s emotional connection to the weather, but also a film that uses climate change as a mere plot device while ignoring the very real threat of the climate crisis that feels somewhat wrong to do in 2019 – especially when the teen target audience takes the subject way more seriously than the film does.

The human heart is connected to the clouds, and the weather has an incredible power over us, the movie says. The sun and clouds affect our mood, so when Tokyo is getting non-stop rain for days on end, what we meet is the worst the city has to offer. This is not the shiny and fashionably Tokyo with delicious food and beautiful sights of Your Name. Instead we see a dark, damp, rundown Tokyo full of desperate people and those who will definitely take advantage of them, including a scene of a truck recruiting young women for the sex industry – a rare sight in anime aimed at teenagers. It’s a hard place to be if you’re unemployed, or a kid, so it’s especially hard on 16-year-old Hodaka (Daigo Kotaro), who ran away from home looking to make it in the big city and ends up living on the streets. It’s a fascinating look at the hardships of current-day Tokyo and the struggles of the youth today. We see Hodaka spend his days interviewing for jobs with yakuza-types that scold him for being too young, and running away from the only places that would employ him –...
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