Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Howl's Moving Castle
What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing.
A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos.
A stunning example of a pure, disorienting dream logic that cinema provides all too rarely.
Audience Reviews for Howl's Moving Castle
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.
Probably Miyazaki's weakest film, but still plenty of good stuff to offer. Once again (it's almost a given at this point) the animation is absolutely top-of-the-line and the raw creativity presented in the uniquely magical steam-punk settings (Howl's mobile castle, which is an absolute wonder of animation) shines with child-like bliss. The characters are also thankfully another strong point and the relationship between Sophie and Howl leads to some interesting character development. There is also a delightful array of side characters such as Calcifer (hilariously voiced by Billy Crystal), the scarecrow, and the Witch of the Waste (whose development takes a truly unexpected turn in the second half). Thankfully the imaginative world and characters are strong enough to overcome the erratically messy plot (complete with a rushed and nonsensical ending), under explained plot points (The reason for the war, inconsistent effects of Sophie's curse.), and a boring villain. I feel Miyazaki is at his best when telling minimalistic stories with layered visual storytelling, 'Howl's Moving Castle' simply suffers from trying to do a tad too much at once. Not quite on the level of his masterpieces, but even Miyazaki on his off-day is still better than many filmmakers on their best day.
Howl's Moving Castle Quotes
|Howl (English Version):||You're looking well, Madame Suliman.|
|Madam Suliman:||Rather weak disguise. Didn't I teach you better?|
|Howl (English Version):||I'm not trying to outwit you. I kept my oath. I reported when summoned. Now 'mother' and I will go.|
|Madam Suliman:||I think not.|
|Howl (English Version):||You're wearing that hat after all the magic I used to make your dress pretty?|
|Howl (English Version):||Go away.|
|Sophie (English Version):||No. I'm not going away. I'm going to help you break this spell that you're under.|
|Howl (English Version):||You? You can't even break your own spell.|
|Sophie (English Version):||But you don't understand. I love you.|
|Howl (English Version):||You're too late.|
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