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Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle will delight children with its fantastical story and touch the hearts and minds of older viewers as well.
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Howl's Moving Castle has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next.
A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity.
What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing.
What a moveable feast of delights.
A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos.
A richly inventive and enchanting delight.
I do find it a bit slow... [but] I'm glad I saw it.
The rich landscapes and colours just jump off the screen at you in the best possible ways. Each character has such unique features and expressions that make them truly stand out.
One of Hayao Miyazaki's strengths is the sense of wonderment and magic that he's able to bring to his films.
The story is almost the least of it, more important is what is beyond the story: genuine emotion, beauty, a meditation on age and love.
[Miyazaki] may have made better films than Howl's Moving Castle, but it still exhibits his amazing imagination and astonishing detail.
There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away.
More imaginative than a barrel of monkeys, the story here is secondary to the execution, and the story is better than most by far. A fairytale, yes, but for young and old. Don't allow naysayers to put you off.
While the plot may seem a bit derivative (as well as the score and the characterizations) when compared to Miyazaki's greater works, this captivating animation is nevertheless an entertaining adventure of enchanting visuals and an always delicious sense of humor.
the film is wonderful. the characters are engaging, the animation stunning, and the story so unique. i loved the castle, although i would have loved to see more of it, and the scarecrow. the war planes were unique, and the subplots that we hear little about, such as the war, add some very interesting background noise. howl has so many layers that my only criticism would be a desire to see more of howl's background as he evolves into maturity, but we receive enough to dive in. the film has only improved upon multiple viewings. very good film.
In a magical steampunk kingdom, a witch turns a girl into an old woman; a wizard embroiled in a war and a fire demon hold the key to returning to herself. This beautifully animated Hayao Miyazaki fantasy has the casual incoherence of an authentic folk tale, with the magical transformations around every corner making the plot truly unpredictable.
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