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Kinfin's Movie Reviews (Potential Spoilers)

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« on: February 03, 2014, 08:44:15 pm »

Another Ghibli film! Yay!

This time, I'm talking about Whisper of the Heart.

The movie stars Shizuku Tsukishima, a Junior High student who has a passion for reading. She spends all her time that she doesn't spend studying on reading fairy tales. Or parodying Country Roads, but that's not quite as important. Anyway, Shizuku's a model student, doing well and all that, but as she reads in her free time, she discovers a certain name appearing on the check out card for almost every book she's borrowed. Seiji Amasawa. At first she thinks that the guy must just have similar tastes as her, but she starts to think that maybe this is going to lead to her own fairy tale ending. She's runs into this boy who picks up a book she drops, who teases her by knowing her name thanks to the check out card. One day, she follows a cat to an antique shop and meets the old man who runs the place who shows her a statue of a dapper cat whom they call 'The Baron'. Shizuku runs into the boy from before, who she's grown to be annoyed by. There's this small side arc with her best friend getting a love letter from her crush's friend, when the crush actually has eyes for Shizuku, but honestly, it's such a side-quest in the story that it doesn't matter that much other than to toss in some drama.

Anyway, let's super-summary form here. Boy turns out to be Seiji, who wants to be a professional violin craftsman, they reveal having feelings for each other, and then he goes off to Italy to follow his dream. She then finds inspiration from him to become a writer, starting up on her first novel based on the Baron statue. Her grades start to slip, but her father realizes she's got a passion for what she's doing and allows it to continue. Her novel for which the movie is named, is a little rough and in need of polishing, but otherwise, actually pretty good, and Shiji returns from Italy, having learned from a master for a while who advised him to finish High School and then return. Shizuku also decides to finish High School and the two officially profess love for each other.

My thoughts. This movie was a nice watch, but it kinda makes you think back on your own life. If you're still young, it'll make you think about what path you wanna take. If you're a little older, it'll make you question the path you chose. So this is good for someone who lacks direction to inspire them to seek it out.
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