TIFF 2013: THE WIND RISES Review

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Director Hayao Miyazaki has taken audiences to magical, alluring worlds throughout his filmography.  He’s shown us witches, sorcerers, buses that are also cats, and so much more.  His latest (and, if he’s truly retiring, final) film, The Wind Rises, leaves the fantastical behind to focus on the true story of the man who designed Japan’s Zero Fighter for World War II.  The movie is almost completely unlike anything Miyazaki has ever done, and while his attempt to try something new is admirable, it’s also by far his weakest picture.  Trapped inside a realistic world, Miyazaki’s story feels restrained and lifeless with only the dream sequences providing any spark to a story about a nice-guy workaholic who was also in love with a nice girl.

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