It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a film in which the whole purpose is to present some advice, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time definitely delivers on giving a strong and meaningful message. The plot of the story is fairly straight forward, a girl discovers that she can travel back in time, and she uses this to give herself an advantage. Time travel seems like a pretty dandy power on the onset, but the girl soon learns that with its uses, it is also a curse. Makoto Konno learns this the hard way, when things start going in directions she doesn’t like, and when she attempts to change them, the situation only seems to worsen. Her problems don’t seem to be going away, and instead, seem to be getting worse each time she goes back to try and solve it. Throughout this whole process, Makoto, has been running away from her problems the whole time, and it isn’t until after she confronts them head on, that she finally gets a satisfactory conclusion, which in the end, is still not all that happy. The film definitely has something to say about running away from your problems; if you continue to run away from them, they will only grow and intensify. The best choice you have, is to confront them, and that is the way for things to turn out as good as they can. The film also delivers on another portion; even if the outcome isn’t what you would like it to be, it is still better than the one you’ll get, if you never try to confront your inner demons. If you don’t face your problems, the outcome can only be worse. While the conclusion isn’t something Makoto, is happy with, it is something she can feel satisfied with, and somethings she knows she won’t regret. Makoto returns to the same problem that started the whole mess, and instead of running away form it, she accepts it, and makes the best of it. The film is wonderfully directed, and has a great soundtrack, especially the ending theme. The film capitalizes on the things it needs to capitalize on, and overall, is a very well put together piece. The movie definitely has a great message to give, and something I would recommend you check out. I award the film with an:
8 out of 10.