Did Your Name. Deserve All Its Hype?

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Quick confession: I saw Your Name. twice on Friday, 30 minutes apart. Once subbed and once dubbed. It’s been 3 days since then, and I have one thing to say.

I wanted to be crying first.


I had a whole review written on Friday. I came home and knocked out the review in 25 minutes. But I decided to sit on it. Just like in my Ghost in the Shell review, I was in a heightened emotional place (except euphoric this time).

This contains no spoilers.

Your Name. is a love story, and a damn great one at that. Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second & The Place Promised in our Early Days) is at the helm of this breathtakingly beautiful and majestic film. We follow a teenage boy named Taki and a teenage girl named Mitsuha. Their lives are changed one day when they wake up in each other’s bodies and switch back and forth intermittently. As they start to understand what’s happening, they start leaving each other notes to direct each other through everyday life. Then one day, it stops. And they start forgetting one another. And truth be told, that’s where this movie shines.

You see, Taki lives in Tokyo and Mitsuha lives in a rural town called Itomori (Most likely Nagano). They don’t get the chance to meet one another. They spend time learning about each other’s lives, becoming friends and having a budding romance until the day everything stops. Seeing them forget one another is heart-wrenching. The emotional plateaus this movie hits are spot on. The sense of longing the characters felt matched the sense of longing I had for them. It was genuinely funny and brought levity when it was needed.

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As I mentioned before, Your Name. is breathtaking. The animation is so mesmerizing that I want a 4K TV so I don’t cheat the movie or myself. The music in the sub and dub are perfect. It heightens the film and delivers emotional payloads at the perfect time and in the exact way that it should.

To be 100% honest, it doesn’t matter if you see this subbed or dubbed. I ugly cried during the dubbed version even though I knew exactly what was going to happen. I was on the edge of my seat for the last 40 minutes of this film. Both times. If I have to nitpick, see the subbed version, if for no other reason than the voice acting is a smidge better.

This may be a little too much about myself, but I feel like I’ve become a pretty cynical person. Your Name. melted me. I feel different after seeing this. Three days later and I haven’t stopped thinking about this movie. Hell, I’m seeing it once this week with my mom and again with two of my friends.

I don’t know when Your Name.’s  theatrical run is over (In Indiana, it’s on Thursday), but treat yourself with this one. Your Name. is worth every second of your time.




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