A Silent Voice| Movie| “Read between the lines.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great, safe, and healthy week. So, let’s begin.

Story:

Shoyo Ishida regrets his school days where he bullied Shouko Nishimiya for being deaf. Now, he is trying to set things right by making amends with her. However, it is not an easy path because karma decides to teach Ishida a valuable life lesson. But, while trying to make things right, Ishida is able to change his life entirely.

Review:

This movie gets a lot of praise from its’ fan base and I must say, you can not appreciate this movie to its fullest unless you really read between the lines. The movie is a silent voice in itself that will get you wondering what all the hype is about at first. However, once you realise the true motive behind the whole story, all the emotions hit you at once.

Starting off, I want to explain my experience while watching the movie (my experience during and after were both different). My friends had suggested this movie claiming it had a “beautiful plot”. I am a sucker for deep, thought-provoking movies that keep your emotions on the edge of their seat. However, during the course of the film, I must say that for the first 45 minutes- 1 hour, I was confused. I was not able to understand where the plot was going and I for sure was not able to find the “beautiful” aspect to the whole film. The first half had me questioning my friends’ choice in movies and I was honestly, getting bored. And don’t think my opinion was totally reversed in the second half of the movie as well. While the second half cleared up what the plot of the movie was based on I still felt it was weak and wasn’t presented as good as people said it was. I tend to really focus while watching movies and for some reason, for the whole duration of the movie, I was not able to understand the true motive behind the film. I must say, I felt really bad when I couldn’t appreciate the movie as much as my other friends after the whole movie was over because I really wanted to see what made this movie so “beautiful” and why everyone had a different view than I did. So, I decided to see an explanation of the end of the film on YouTube and that’s when I realised how much I lacked maturity in the way I was watching the film.

Although the end of the movie was slightly interesting itself, I really needed to see the ending explained on YouTube to help me read between the lines. The movie suddenly had a lot more deeper meaning to it when I realised all the small details that I had ignored before. The plot dwelled very deep into the aspect of karma. The plot was so beautifully created to show a main character who is on the verge of giving up on life suddenly change along the way as he tries to make amends with his past. It may look like a beautiful romance story on the surface but there is so much more that Ishida has to battle. While Nishimiya was deaf physically, Ishida was more deaf mentally and was only able to open his ears to the people he really cared about around him. Of course, just by learning sign language, Ishida is not able to be truly forgiven for all his past bullying but you can see him paying the price for his actions over the course of the movie. Nishimiya may be a sweet and caring girl who wishes to be loved by all but is not able to express herself completely causing people around her to not understand her. But, Ishida took the time to care and understand her and that’s what helped him overcome his past. The day he was able to fully understand what it meant to accept people is when he was able to come back to reality and society. The way they showed this may seem boring at first but as the story really begins to unravel, you are able to appreciate the movie as a whole.

Although it wasn’t through the movie directly and rather through an explanation, I was able to see why the movie gets so much love. And it is deserved love. Because this movie transcends “thought-provoking” and moves to the terms of “reading between the lines” which is a much more difficult thing to do for any creator. The movie had a great overall atmosphere as well being very calm and gradual while captivating at critical moments. It was accompanied with soft, soothing music. The reason I called this movie “the sound of silence in itself” is because there’s so much more to it than just what is being said or done on the surface. You have to appreciate each pause in the film and look at the overall movie to appreciate what is trying to be conveyed. The supporting characters may look like extra characters who accompany Ishida on his journey and help him over come his past. But, you really realise how each and every one of them played such a large impact on the story by shaping Ishida’s personality in one way or another. And being able to understand all of these things is the true “beauty” of the film. The movie further had a very pleasing art style and smooth animation. So, no complaints in that department. I would definitely suggest to watch this film and watch the explanation as well to really get the feel for it. Overall a great experience.

Review:

I would give this movie 4/5 stars.

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