Review and Giveaway: "A Silent Voice: The Movie"

Review and Giveaway: "A Silent Voice: The Movie"

A Silent Voice: The Movie
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About the Movie:
When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constantly bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings in “this beautifully rendered anime” (Total Film).

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, this release is presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub.

Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, A Silent Voice: The Movie makes its highly anticipated debut on home entertainment following its North American theatrical release in late 2017. A Silent Voice: The Movie comes from the lauded director Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) and writer Reiko Yoshida. Among the film’s many accolades are Tokyo Anime Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Recommended for ages 13+.

Review by D.T.

A Silent Voice can truly be called a rollercoaster of emotions, from start to finish. It follows, primarily, two children and their story together. Shoko is the new girl at school, who is even more interesting to her new classmates because she is almost completely deaf. Shoya is the class prankster, who, like many of his classmates, enjoys lightly bullying others. Shoya has never had to deal with the deaf before and quickly takes to bullying the new girl. This bullying quickly gets out of hand, however, and when the issue is recognized by the school authorities, the other children put all the blame on Shoya and make him as outcast as Shoko was. The movie then fast forwards years later. Shoya is now in high school, spending years under the ridicule and alienation of his previous actions, and he now believes that he deserves this punishment. He realizes just how terrible his actions were, and he decides to try to make amends to Shoko for treating her the way he did.

Despite expected miscommunications, the two of them show two sides of a wonderful story. It is a story of a boy who cannot forgive himself for his cruelty and a girl who only sees herself as a burden to others. Their paths come together more than once, and they both learn the lesson that they desperately need: They are worth something, both to themselves and to each other. On a purely cosmetic side, the movie is gorgeous. Using bright colors and very detailed animation, they bring Shoya’s and Shoko’s world to life. They painstakingly animate sign language, believably create the voice of a child who cannot hear what she is saying, and fill the world with characters who all have their own reasons for being sympathetic, or unsympathetic, toward Shoko’s condition. It may have some hard concepts for younger children to grasp, such as attempted suicide and extreme bullying, but it is a beautiful story, both visually and emotionally.


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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate this honest review.

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