Saw The Wind Rises, the new (and supposedly last) movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with my boyfriend over the weekend. We both really enjoyed it.
It is, remarkably, a movie about engineers which shows the characters actually engineering, which we both found pleasant.
It’s obviously conflicted about the uses to which the planes the main character designed were put, and it engages lightly but (I thought) well with the issues, showing us the characters as they work out out how they feel about the compromises they’re forced to make. It also acknowledges Japan’s own imperial excesses in the period more than I had expected (ie. at all).
It is additionally a love story, which reflects on its central theme in interesting ways.
It is inspiring, touching, and ultimately poignant. We found it very powerful.