Howl's Moving Castle
When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Despite its obvious qualities this has always been my least favourite Hayao Miyazaki film. Yet with the recent high-definition release I thought it a good time to give it another try. Sadly, whilst the gorgeous imagery has never been prettier my problems with the film remain. Although based on a Diana Wynee Jones story, Miyazaki’s influence is evident in every frame from the rich world that is both strange yet strangely familiar (interestingly Europe has always been a point of reference for his work) and the menagerie of magical characters that populate these beautiful and detailed environments.
Although I fear this review will be negative in tone I would like to make it clear that this is still a very…
I'm currently reading the book for the first time and it was giving me major cravings to watch this. Yes, it has basically nothing in common with the book but outright its a lovely (if terribly confusing) film.
An in depth film that depicts war and friendships and relationships. Breathtaking fantasy world that takes you beyond any type of adventure. Miyazaki at his very best in animation.
Hayao Miyazaki has such a beautiful style of animation.
It makes me sad to see American animation studios outdoing each other to look as realistic as possible. Processing pixels to shit to make them lifelike is not always the way forward, like Pixar did with Merida's hair in Brave. It's impressive, but in the end nothing beats the pure wonder of stylised animation.
If you can nail a down a certain style like Studio Ghibli have done, than that will elevate the film a whole lot further. For one, as technology improves the films will look more ordinary, but if there's a certain style, films will look amazing forever. Such as My Neighbour Totoro, or any Ghibli flick.
The perfect fairytale.
What is crazier than a castle that really walks?! Maybe an ugly 90 year old woman who helps a wizard to restore his heart! Hayao Miyazaki continues to impress and excite us with another animation that is in some points even stranger than Spirited Away and like that it deals with love, magic and sacrifice. A simple girl starts a journey that not just changes him but also helps to restore peace in a land struggling with an idiotic war. Once again it’s Miyazaki’s fine humor that makes this otherwise dark story into a pleasant and funny animation and by having a few supporting characters the movie gives some breathing space to us and Miyazaki’s imagination leads to some weird…
Aplaudo nuevamente a Hayao Miyazaki. Vuelve a introducirnos a un mundo de fantasía asombroso, con una animación impecable, brillante y llena de color. Una joya de película.
Temas comúnes de guerra y amor enlazados estrechamente con la magia, demostrando el absurdo y la inutilidad de las guerras, y la magia más poderosa de todas: el amor (sí, así de cursi).
In a word, exquisite.
Howl's Moving Castle is a love story at its core. However, the love between a young girl, Sophie, and the magician, Howl, is poorly set up. We're told that they're in love, but we don't see how they fell in love, nor do they act like they're in love.
Miyazaki's animation remains superb. The detail put into the roving castle and its hundreds of parts is amazing. His imagination and creativity make his films worth watching despite weaknesses in other areas.
By no means my favorite Ghilbli it's still as always a beautiful film with some of the more striking imagery that you will ever see. The story despite some fantastical details and fun moments is till fun to watch but is a bit below some of the studios previous work. Still enjoyed it more than a lot of animations which does go to show how strong this studio is/was and who know where this will go once I get through more of the back catalogue. The voicework was fine especially Mortimer, in the lead. Crystal is a s fun as always albeit his voice being far more distinct than the others. Bale also did a good job as Howl although admittedly this being a few years old it wasn't on purpose, at one point he did though something very familiar to his batman voice which made me laugh a lot more than it should
Beautiful animation and a story that is smarter than the average fairy tale, Howl's Moving Castle is a classic example of Hayao Miyazaki's brilliance as a storyteller, animator, and filmmaker.
Blew me away. This is my fourth Miyazaki film and possibly my favorite so far. Perfect balance of childlike fun and adult sadness.
A gorgeous steam punk masterpiece.
Fantastic imagery, as expected from Studio Ghibli, but the story meandered and the film felt as if it never really decided what it was trying to say.
Kinda boring, but the visuals were nice.
Still my favorite Miyazaki film, even though many consider it lesser Miyazaki. I think it's a nearly perfect, super entertaining film from the moment Sophie turns old. It doesn't wrap up neatly, in fact it feels rushed, and I do like young Sophie much less than I like her older incarnation. However these few minor flaws don't blemish the movie in any significant way. The animation is stunning as always and it's good to see Miyazaki applying his signature lines to this particular setting. The old witch is also one of his most entertaining villains.