Review: The Garden of Words | Hardcore Gamer

Makoto Shinkai’s works have always been mesmeric in aesthetic and thematic design. While the famed director has covered the gamut in terms of narrative motif, his latest film, The Garden of Words, feels more akin to his real-world drama Five Centimeters Per Second than the most recent, more fantastical piece The Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Because Garden tackles this real-life subject matter, viewers are given an incredibly relatable, personable motion picture that feels painfully intimate and touchingly sentimental. But in the process of striking these resonate chords, does The Garden of Words lose focus?

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