This review has been written on a special demand by Akhil Sharma
Year of Release: 2016
Mitsuha is a high school girl living in the Hida region of Japan. She happens to be switching bodies with a high school guy from Tokyo, named Taki, all of a sudden after making a wish to be a Tokyo guy and this happens multiple times pretty irregularly. Initially aghast of what they become as they get up some random days, both of them start to communicate with each other by leaving notes and phone memos. One day, Taki wishes to communicate with Mitsuha in real and calls her for the very first time. The call is never completed and henceforth the body switching ends.
What actually happened that day? Why did the body switch end up suddenly after a failed call? Was this happening for real or was Taki concocting the whole body switching episodes in his mind?
What I liked/loved about the film: –
If you have ever loved fairy tale, then Your Name will be something that you can easily connect with. It’s story and screenplay by Makoto Shinkai has been framed in a fashion similar to many fairy tales where we have our prime characters entangled in their respective conflicts with life and people around them and how love comes to their rescue (broadly). The premise is not only fascinating but also riveting and despite its reliance on fantasy elements, the audience is rarely put in a questioning situation regarding the validity of what has been showcased thanks to Shinkai’s directional flair. The movie jumbles well between comedy, romance, fantasy and sentimentality and Radwimps’ music further helps in enhancing the audiences’ connect with the characters and the situations. The way the characters interact with each other showcasing vivid forms of emotions is pretty endearing. Their understanding, emotional connect and subsequent reactions are so well designed that it demands a certain amount of maturity to fathom their beauty.
What irked me about the film: –
The most important element in this film was the body switch and the whole film dependent on its execution. While I doubt many to have questioned its credibility, let’s just observe what’s wrong with it. The film shows midway that Taki and Mitsuha were actually interacting at different timelines (a déjà vu for the fans of Il Mare and The Lake House) and it’s unconvincing as to how neither of them marked the time discrepancy. Don’t people in Japan check the date regularly? Even when they leave phone memos, how can they miss the complete date? That’s something out of the line and the film falls flat in explaining the existence of its most principal element. This weak foundation cripples the subsequent views of the attentive viewer regarding the flick and mars the perfection of an otherwise cinematic masterpiece.
Final Verdict: –
In spite of this crater sized plothole, Your Name still holds respect in my heart for I can’t deny it’s cinematic grandeur that had me captivated throughout its runtime. The film has so many good things that I’m ready to forgive this one flaw albeit a serious one. What matters about the flick is how you connect with the characters and their emotions and given the way it has been made, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourselves in the shoes of Taki and Mitsuha during your watch.
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