Howl's Moving Castle Reviews
I will say that the best thing about this film is it's portrayal of magic; magic is done with subtly, brightness, beauty, joy or emotion, symbolism and is normally depicted slowly enough so that the audience can actually see the spell working. This is how you depict magic right.
This movie is about a young woman Sophie who is cursed with a spell which makes her old, she seeks the help of a wizard Howl to help her.
Sophie is fantastic. She starts out as a shy insecure girl, and over time she gains more confidence, especially when she's an old woman who's willing to boss around the other members of Howl's Moving Castle. Most of the characters are very likeable and engaging. Howl's character is very engaging and you could see his struggles, like how much he struggles to transition from a flying creature to a human, or how much he doesn't want to go to war so tries to avoid going. However very little detail is actually given about Howl's background, we no very little about his childhood and he always seems to be a mystery.
The plot is ambitious and well done, even if it's a bit unwieldy at times. The main plot is that Sophie wants to break the curse that makes her old, although the movie is so much more than that. This is a movie ultimately about compassion, love, and the stupidity of war (this is a very anti-war film). The film shows these very well especially through's Sophie's actions helping a former enemy, and the anti-war theme is shown clearly throughout, like seeing the refugees from war leave their home, or seeing entire cities up in flames. While Sophie and Howl get to know each other over time and become closer. However the story's main "problem" seems to be unclear at times, and the scenes sometimes seem almost irrelevant to one another and don't transition very well. There's one scene where Sophie is trying to help Howl do one thing, then during the final part of the movie she's focussing on something entirely different.
The animation was brilliant, one of the best I've ever seen. Every scene is full of detail, like the outdoors scenes or inside the moving castle, like even the detail in all the furniture is stunning.
The music is very good as well, especially the main theme where the piano and violin perfectly captures the atmosphere of Howl's Moving Castle.
This movie is fantastic, it has great characters and an engaging story with thought provoking themes, it is very ambitious but this makes the movie a bit unclear and confusing at times. But this movie is seriously brilliant, and definitely worth watching.
How terrifying it must be to suddenly be turned into an old person. Absolutely beautiful animation especially on the castle. The way each part moves and has it's own particular movement and characteristics. Really innovative and creative ideas in this movie. Especially that magic door that teleports the castle to distinct locations.
That witch is one ugly ass hag. Jeez, she looks like a bag of carrots going up those stairs, a blob. That dog that Howl took the form of looks so funny. He has his own little personality. Sophie is such a sweetheart and such a kind and cute girl that your hoping the whole time that she is able to return to her younger form.
Beautiful colors and gorgeous landscapes are all throughout this movie.
Overall, it's a little bit scattered and kind of all over the place but it was really nice to watch. Although Miyazaki's themes and characters are in this movie, I couldn't help but feel it wasn't his work sometimes. Maybe the animation or the artwork style. Anyways, it was a wonderful movie full of great messages and themes.
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