Note: the 7:30 shows are In Japanese with English subtitles. All others are in English!
“Dreams are hard work. They require blueprints, scaffolding, and a lot of man-hours. No one knows that more than animation maestro Hayao Miyazak (Spirited Away), who has invested decades of meticulous craftsmanship in putting the delicate and effervescent creations of his imagination onto the screen. Perhaps that’s why Miyazaki feels such a kinship with Jiro Horikoshi, the early-20th-century aeronautical engineer who also spent much of his existence hunched over a drafting table making his flights of fancy a reality, and whose life serves as the basis for THE WIND RISES, the director’s first film in five years—and, according to recent interviews, his last. As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, WIND has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail…. Miyazaki has said he was inspired to make THE WIND RISES after reading this quote from Horikoshi: “All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful.’’ If the 72-year-old director had the same goal, he’s succeeded.Grade: A-”—Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly. PG-13. 126 Min.