There are just certain movies where I feel every shot is purposeful and working toward a singular vision that I found so moving. Couldn't take my eyes away if I wanted to.Man, I wish this was my reaction. It started strong and then I quickly got this feeling they didn't know where they story was heading and just tied together the themes until they came up with an ending.
Gonna black out a good portion here, as I flyby the last scenes of the film.For my part, I think the progression from having the one-man show, to Jimmy's bus ride epiphany (can't hate it unless you love it), to Mont and Jimmy's reconciliation, to Jimmy's feeling of not belonging even at Mont's house as exhibited by him being crammed back on the couch with Mont and his grandfather, to the goodbye letter to Mont (which brings a tear to my eye), to Mont's search for himself, to finally Jimmy rowing to who knows where (a decent enough ending with more than a touch of ambiguity, wondering where else there actually is to go for him/people like him that survive without belonging) is a pretty strong sequence of final scenes. (I may have omitted one or two by mistake, but I don't remember anything wasted.) Maybe that's what you mean by tying up the themes, but I think it's a strong, effective, evocative typing up, and that a movie that doesn't have an easily defined story arc isn't necessarily going to provide perfect closure.
Not that I'm saying your wrong in your take, just that that's how I see it.
I will say, your impression was more of mine the first time I watched it. It didn't move me like the second time, and I think that's because it was different than I had expected. I thought there was a more A-to-B-to-C plot revolving around the home, as opposed to everything simply crumbling around Jimmy.
I rewatched Your Name
. Here's my Letterboxd blurb:
This is such a brilliant film. This story about time traveling and changing bodies could have been a tremendous mess, but it's about as cleanly done as you could imagine. Some pictures on time travel, I'm thinking of Primer and Interstellar, two films I nevertheless love, tie your brain in knots. This is no less complex, but is ten times as elegant.
After seeing Weathering With You, a distinction I can draw between the two, and what makes Your Name a better film, is the musical theme played throughout, holding the film together as a singular vision. The somber piano plays us through all the feelings of deja vu, the idea that something important, someone you love, is just on the other side of this feeling of amnesia, that some truth just bubbles beneath the surface. As in Weathering With You, Radwimps are the house band, but the soundtrack of Your Name is much more cohesive, which then makes for a more cohesive experience. The story also doesn't require a lot of exposition such as Weathering With You, and you learn what exactly is going on through the primary action of the film, as opposed to secondary investigations. (Though, like in my Weathering With You blurb, I'm being a little hard on it. Check that out to see how good I actually found the film.)
This is one of those films that raises this well of both melancholy and hope within me, in a good way. My day-to-day can be stressful, and I often go to sleep with a feeling of dread for the next day. It is of my condition. I need a good fairy tale every once in a while, a reason to believe this is all worth it. Your Name is all that and more.