I get it. The acting is excellent. The symbolism also excellent. The story is interesting. And we've got plenty of time to soak all that up because the story moves at a slow, deliberate pace. So slow. So deliberate.
And the message is even excellent.
But is it a movie that left me wanting to talk about it? To watch it again? No.
This was part of our theme birthday celebration for my husband's birthday. It was the perfect follow-up to his NASCAR Qualifier Experience gift (a Christmas gift but which made for a memorable birthday).
It was about what I expected and had some truly amusing moments, but, all in all, Will Farrell is rarely my cup of tea (Casa de Mi Padre and Stranger Than Fiction excepted).
19-year-old Sophie has resigned herself to a drab life in her family's hat shop ... until she is cursed by an evil witch to have an 90-year-old body. She leaves home and goes searching for a way to break the spell. In the countryside she comes upon Howl's strange moving castle which walks about on large chicken legs.
Howl is the young wizard who owns the castle and Sophie soon becomes part of the household as the housekeeper. As she…
I saw this in the theater when it came out and liked it well enough.
Rewatching it, I loved it. Was it because my movie watching habits have changed? Was it because I read the first three of the Patrick O'Brian series upon which it is based ... and could see how brilliantly it captured the essence of those books?
Probably a little of both.
I admired the artistry, the realism, the acting, everything about it. Simply a brilliant film.
After I finished the movie I picked up the fourth book from Audible.