Flash Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Even before I knew what dreams meant, music has always been around me. Once I learned how to walk I was immediately placed on any tabletop or chair seat where I instinctively would begin to move to any music that was playing in the house. From those basic dance moves, as I got older, a dream was born inside of me to become a dancer. Visions of me dancing on Soul Train, being a go-go boy or becoming a part of the Solid Gold Dancers lingered at the front of my mind until I realized I was not disciplined enough to forge through the actual work of becoming a dancer. However, my dream did not totally deflate because it still played a part when I became an aerobic and group fitness instructor. My aerobic classes were not your usual type of class. Being a long time member of the licensing agencies ASCAP and BMI (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; Broadcast Music, Inc.), I would choreograph every move to music from the actual artists. The members felt they were dancing at a concert. That dream of me being a dancer morphed into a career that has brought me unlimited joy, even to this day. Dreams are the fuel that ignites willful desire and in this English speaking version of the Oscar nominated film for best animation, there was a man whose entire life revolved around one simple dream. Joseph Gordon-Leavitt (Don Jon, Looper) voiced Jiro Horikosai, who only dreamt of flying. Due to his nearsightedness preventing him from flying, Jiro kept his dream alive by becoming an aeronautical designer like his idol Count Caproni, voiced by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games franchise, The Terminal). Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), this dramatic movie was utterly beautiful to watch. The way the colors and scenes would move and evolve were stunning to me. I did not realize the film was a tribute to a real person; if I had known this I might have felt a stronger connection to the story. As it was, I thought the story was slow in parts. If it was not for the flawless animation I would have been less entertained. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of all the events shown in Jiro’s life, but I could easily relate to a man living out his dream.


3 1/3 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 7, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I hope to see this one in a little theatre near us that shows indie films and some of the lesser known movies out there. Sounds interesting!

  2. I am so looking forward to seeing this. I love almost anything that comes from Studio Ghibli.

    • Oh, I cannot wait to hear what you think of this film after you see it. Enjoy.

      • I am so sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to see this one in the theater after all. It didn’t stay out for very long, and it’s already gone from the theaters in my area. Talk about disappointing. =(

        I guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD release. *sigh*

      • Possibly it will be available soon in a video on demand format. Bummer it left so soon.

      • Yeah, it will probably come out on video (dvd/blu-ray) soon. That seems to be the case, particularly when a movie seems to leave the theaters quickly. I was surprised it didn’t stay out longer. =(

  3. I like the way you put a personal touch to your reviews.

  4. I love Miyazaki so I’ll definitely watch this when I get a chance

  5. Great story about chasing your dreams at the start of the review. I still plan on seeking this one out because there should be more hand drawn animated movies.

    • I agree with you about there should be more hand drawn animated movies. There is such a delicate beauty about them that I do not find in the computer generated ones. Thanks for the comments and I would enjoy hearing about your experience after seeing this film.

  6. Please accept the The Dragon Loyalty Award
    If you already have it put “Awarded x2″ below the image
    I would be delighted if you could accept.

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