Howl's Moving Castle (film)

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Howl's Moving Castle, known in Japan as ハウルの動く城 Hauru no Ugoku Shiro "Howl's Moving Castle" is an animated movie produced by Studio Ghibli on 2004-09-05. It is based on the book Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and was converted to film by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is about a girl named Sophie who, after being mistaken for a friend of a rogue wizard named Howl, is cursed by Howl's nemesis. Sophie then seeks out Howl to remove the curse, but gets mixed up in his magical life.

Howl's Moving Castle was, I think, the fourth Miyazaki film I saw, and I really like it. I'm also amazed at how much better the film is than the book, which is a rarity.

Status

I do not own this film, but I have seen the Japanese subtitled version.

Review

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • As usual, the background art is phenomenal and they really draw you into the fantasy world.
  • The characters are really interesting and, unlike most Western cartoons, they aren't caricatures. There is no mustache-twirling villain or a archetypal hero, but rather everyone has their own flaws and talents.
  • The castle is very interestingly designed.
  • The anti-war theme is carried well through the film.
  • I found the film to be superior to the book in most respects.

Bad

  • The film gets a little dull near the end.
  • Suliman seems to be able to end the war so simply, I don't see why she kept it up for so long.

Ugly

  • Nothing

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