Hayao Miyazaki returns for his last film, one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. An animation that is not necessarily for children, but instead stands as the mature conclusion to Miyazaki’s catalogue. Based partially on true events The Wind Rises is placed in an interesting historical context which includes natural disasters, an oncoming war, and the inspiring determination of a young man following his dreams. It may be a more mature subject but it still has the imaginative and experimental flare of Miyazaki’s previous work. Both heartbreaking and moving, this exceptional film makes grown men cry.