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‘Suzume’ Movie Review - Makoto Shinkai Enchants Us (Again)

The movie follows Suzume and Sadaijin as they journey across Japan to prevent a series of tragedies by closing mysterious doors

Anjali Sharma - Sat, 22 Apr 2023 03:41:19 +0100 2870 Views
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Suzume no Tojimari is a film that captures the essence of a magical adventure while also exploring themes of resilience, human relationships, and love. Produced by CoMix Wave Films and directed by Makoto Shinkai, the film follows the coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old girl named Suzume Iwato, who embarks on a journey to prevent a series of disasters across Japan with a young man named Sadaijin.

From the very beginning, the film immerses you in a world that is both fantastical and familiar. Suzume's dream of searching for her mother as a child in a ruined neighborhood sets the tone for the movie, and we quickly realize that this coming-of-age story is going to be about more than just closing doors. It's about coming to terms with the past, facing our fears, and learning to love again.

As I watched this film, I was completely taken aback by the animation. It was as if every frame was a painting, capturing the exquisite beauty of Japan's natural scenery with precision and care. Yet, the filmmakers did not shy away from showing the devastation caused by the disasters. The colors were so vivid and the animation style so detailed that it felt like I was right there, witnessing the destruction firsthand. What's more, the characters' emotions were conveyed so authentically through the animation that I couldn't help but feel deeply invested in their journey.

As Suzume and Sadaijin journey through the disaster-stricken landscapes of Japan, the film delves into the profound impact of environmental disasters on our world. The abandoned neighborhoods and destroyed landscapes bear the scars of nature's fury, but amidst the ruins, there is still beauty and hope. Shinkai's expert direction immerses the audience in these abandoned spaces, revealing the enduring beauty that still exists despite the devastation. The film's message lingers long after the final frame, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, there is still light to be found.

The music is the heartbeat of the film, taking the audience on a journey through a range of emotions, from the highs of adventure to the lows of grief. The haunting melodies of the soundtrack evoke the melancholic mood of the film, adding to its overall resonance. The voice actors' performances are a masterclass in bringing life to the characters, their voices rising and falling in perfect harmony with the music, conveying emotion without ever being overwrought. The result is a serenely beautiful symphony of sound that will leave viewers feeling touched and moved.

As Radwimps’ orchestral melody of the Suzume theme fades into silence, one can't help but feel a sense of wonder and awe. Suzume is more than just a movie; it's a profound journey that touches the deepest parts of the soul. The vivid animation, beautiful voice acting, and powerful themes of love, loss, and adventure make this a timeless classic that will be cherished for generations to come. Director Makoto Shinkai has once again proven his genius in crafting a story that captures the essence of the human experience. This film is a masterpiece, and it will stay with you long after the final scene.

Final Score- [9.5/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
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Publisher at Midgard Times



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