Kosei Arima won numerous piano competitions while under the strict watch of his mother. He was known as the human metronome during that time. Since the death of his mother, Kosei Arima has been unable to hear the sound of his piano. Kosei Arima then meets Kaori Miyazono through childhood friend Tsubaki Sawabe. Kaori Miyazono plays the violin and has a free sprit. Since meeting her, Kosei Arima is able to face the piano again. Meanwhile, Kaori holds a secret. ~~ Adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's "Your Lie in April" manga.
Cast & Credits
Before watching I already knew the this would be a sad story but at the same time I am confident that I would not cry, I am kind of immune to that since I've seen a lot of sad movies, and I am right, I didn't cry, but that doesn't mean the story is NOT sad cause it is, but I felt that that they made the ending bitter sweet because based on how people describe the anime it would have been a cry fest.
Now for the thing that I really like, the theme in the movie, I love how the movie conveys their connection thru music, I felt that it is so romantic like it is their love letter for each other, and just like the phrase they say to each other "will it reach you?". With that theme conveyed so well only made their performances so much better, technically they are already brilliant but with so much emotions attached to the performance made that scene EPIC.
Cinematography is beautiful, it is one of those colorful Japanese movies, seems to be the trend nowadays. Music is given to be excellent but what I am surprised is how well they play the instruments, one movie come to mind that could rival this in terms of the skills of playing the instruments in a movie and that is Jay Chou's "Secret". I like the ending song as well, I don't understand japanese but its melody captures the ambiance of the movie.
Great acting from both Kento and Suzu, you can tell that they come a long way especially Suzu but now I can say they are capable of portraying complicated characters. It is reported that they went intense training playing violin and piano for their respective roles and it paid off well as their performance is believable, which is important to be called a good adaptation and they nailed it in this department. Side characters are the issue here like I didn't feel them, probably lack of screen time I guess, such a shame though because I really want to see more of Anna Ishii, I felt that her talent was wasted in her role.
I feel that many guys will love this film like imagine one day you saw a beautiful girl under a cherry tree then from that moment your life change, happens to me (not under the cherry tree though).
Kaori: Did I find a place in your heart?
Arima: You step all over it.
It feels like the story goes by too fast, like, nothing get explained/ showed as much as they did in the anime. People who've watched the anime will know what the story is and miss certain parts in it. For people who never watched the anime it may be a lot more enjoyable.
As I said they didn't include lots of necessary scenes;
-Kousei's whole backstory with more throwbacks of what his mom did to him and made him the "man" he is today.
-The black cat that came by in the anime which is a symbol for good luck.
-Kousei meeting Kaori's parents which have a bakery and being all enthousiastic about Kousei being there.
-Tsubaki dating another guy.
-The backstory of Tsubaki and Kousei.
-Kousei and Kaori really getting close to each other.
The music is the best part of this whole movie. It's all about the music. It may be Classical, but it's certainly beautiful and fits the whole theme of the movie. It gives a great dramatic feeling touching scenes and certainly jerks the tears from your eyes.
Anyways I give this movie a total of a 6,5 due the fact that I missed lots of scenes I looked forward to to see.