Director: Hayao Miyazaki. 126 min. Rated PG-13. Japan. Animation.
Alas, the great Miyazaki has put down his pencil, and stopped drawing. His last animated feature, which lost the Oscar this year to Frozen, is the life-story of Jiro Horikoshi, the young airplane enthusiast who designed the famed Japanese Zero. This is an opus of majestic proportions; the attention to detail on panoramic images is so exquisite, at some moments, I thought I was watching a live-action movie. Like all Miyazaki works, it's all about relaxing and enjoying the beauty of animation. But this time, it's accompanied by a heartfelt sadness that the world-renowned animator, will animate no more.
PS: Thanks again, Ali S. To me, Miyazaki's name has now become synonymous with your great, unrelenting movie recommendations.