Howl's Moving Castle

2004, Anime/Fantasy, 1h 59m

181 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Sophie (Emily Mortimer) has an uneventful life at her late father's hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl (Christian Bale), who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste (Lauren Bacall) takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.

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  • Mar 21, 2021
    Miyazaki emphasizes different narrative elements than most fantasy films of this kind (hence why the "missing prince" plot twist is treated like an afterthought) but this isn't a cheap attempt to subvert expectations rather he's focusing on character growth at the expense of silly plot mechanics which makes his anti war plea more effective.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2020
    Fans of the book "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" will love this film.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2016
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2016
    An excellent film, and one of Miyazaki's absolute best. This is a masterpiece of an animated film, and is so much fun to watch. I love this movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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