For years it has been repeated that “this will be the last film of Hayao Miyazaki". At 73 years old, the great animation master of the last decades, winner of an Oscar for "Spirited Away", has decided that he will withdraw from the production of his studio Ghibli, the only one that has been able to face Pixar in The last decades.
But his farewell could not be otherwise than with a film at the height of his filmography, which even (they say) could have some parallels with the director's own life. Who knows if Miyazaki doesn't intend to reflect his own existence in Jiro, the aeronautical engineer who created the war plane Zero and protagonist of the film, obsessed with making his work an art.
The wind rises: a farewell from height.
The Wind Rises is a more "realistic" film than those that Miyazaki we are used to it. The story summarizes the biography of Jiro horikoshi, from his childhood - when he discovered his passion for aerodynamics - until his retirement as the greatest aircraft engineer in the history of Japan. Love will also play a leading role in this story, since it is presented to us as the only support to turn to in a time as turbulent as World War II.
So don't expect to see extraordinary beings like Totoro or the Sincara, nor dragons that cross the sky as happened in Spirited Away, and no, it doesn't appear either Porco rosso on Jiro-designed planes (too bad). This time Miyazaki dedicates his most serious film to us, with even dramatic overtones that far exceed his previous films.
Beyond the criticism - the planes devised by the protagonist were one of the most important and deadly war machines of the Japanese empire during WWII, and were designed for that purpose - the film is simply a visual delight. Perhaps the best of all in this regard in Miyazaki's work, which closes its cycle in style, flying, like the Zero devised by Jiro.
Note on imbd: 8.1 out of 10.
Note on filmaffinity: 7.4 out of 10.
Note in cinemania: 4.5 out of 5.
Note on Rotten Tomatoes: 8.8 out of 10.