Howl's Moving Castle Reviews
At the same time, Ghibli again has no antagonist, yet again dodging perhaps the biggest cliche of all time-- one that everyone ignores.
I rewatched this movie like 5 times, and would do it again. There is so much detail to be gained from rewatching it, and I highly recommend any Ghibli fan to do so.
That being said, Ghibli did take a f*ck up on this one, which was probably the author's fault (I forget quite what happened in the book); and that's the time paradox. Frankly, it makes as much sense as...nothing?
While bonus points from themes of war and the criticism of the world's current state makes up for the stink awful plot twist, it is still a flaw.
PS - Why for fucks sake is the studio listed as "Buena Vista"? WHERE DID THAT EVEN COME FROM!?
A shy young woman, Sofi, is cursed by a bitter witch. As a result she becomes very old. She sets off in search of a means to break the curse. Soon she encounters a giant moving castle, owned by young man, Howl...
Pretty much your standard Hayao Miyazaki movie. Intriguing set-up but the movie quickly degenerates into a rambling adventure for a plot with random action scenes and equally random solutions to problems, and no character depth or engagement. Howl's Moving Castle escalates into randomness sooner than most, making it even worse than normal.
No real themes or profundities (par for the course, again). All this - rambling, random plot, lack of character depth, no profundities - make this unsuitable for intelligent adults. Kids should like it though.