Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
First time watch: August 2020
Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is a japanese animated feature film that tells a body swap story of teenagers Taki and Mitsuha....only it's so much more than that. What begins as a light hearted film focusing on sporadic days inwhich these two strangers keep waking up in each others bodies suddenly transforms itself into a dark science fiction disaster film before seeing out the concluding romance moments.
The contrasting switches in tone and genre could be perceived as jarring by some but I infact found the key plot, that comes out of no where, to be its strongest and most fascinating element. I grew quite concerned with the opening act. There were some music choices that I didn't enjoy, fish out of water opportunities missed and I was convinced it was going to be a relative shallow film. Thankfully the twist, which changes the whole dynamic of the film, came to my rescue. I was completely captivated in their cause and the tone became tense and suspenseful. I got behind the characters and really enjoyed its developing story.
There's some beautiful animation on display with breathtaking scenery that includes the 'magic hour'. Your Name is worth checking out for its colour palette alone. Its original and fun with depth looking at themes of connection and morality.
Asian Cinema (Animated) List