Ah, to be young again and experience those puppy love. I'd give anything to go back to my youth and living the innocence life of a young teenager again. This is a nice and simple story about young people and their dreams and how they deal with it. Dreams do come true, even when one least expect it, and that sometimes reality can be better than one greatest dreams; and in light of the times we're living in, it makes one appreciate the smaller but more important things in life.
Shizuku (Brittany Snow / Youko Honna)is a bookworm and loves stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books have been previously checked out by the same person named 'Seiji Amasawa' (David Gallagher / Kazuo Takahashi). Shizuku meets a boy whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is Seiji. As she grows closer to him, she realizes that he merely read and borrowed all those books to bring himself closer to her. This movie is also have a short story written by Shizuku, about a Cat statuette named The Baron (Cary Elwes / Shigeru Tsuyuguchi).
A good nostalgic film, maybe because there's a song called John Denver'sCountry Road by Olivia Newton-John which I remembered my mum used to sing it in a karaoke party. Although I don't exactly like the song, but it's pretty interesting to hear it when they changed it into a Japanese lyrics. This film doesn't fall back on cliché and formula. It's a truly great film. It's a remarkably honest and heartfelt look into a 14-year-old's life; her family and friends, how she falls in love, and there are moments so stirring, so wonderful and yet so simple. The film is full of moments that are real and beautiful that use animation, not to exploit the story, but to enhance moments with the simplicity they need in their presentation. Teenage years can be awkward, isn't it? I remember some moments in this film, and it reminded me about my own teenage years. How I am getting older and older... Darn.
It also has a sense of mood unmatched by any other film I can think of set in everyday life. The way it feels to live in a cramped apartment, the emotions of the first day of school, and the way the sky looks after it has rained – so many generic memories of my life brought right to the forefront, as if they were the only moments that mattered. The film enveloped me so completely. The characters are mature and understand the consequences of their actions. It's very heart warming and nice, and rather different. I get to see the characters develop and go through crushes, friendships, and many other things that are just part of growing up. The best part is that the film makers don't exaggerate or make it over dramatic; so that everyone care deeply for the characters and identify with what they're going through.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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