I’ll probably be crucified for saying this, but after watching this for the third time, I conclude that Howl’s Moving Castle is not one of the strongest Studio Ghibli entries (in my humble opinion).
There’s no doubt that this movie is the most mature, and also one of the more complex entries among the other Ghibli films. I would not directly say that it’s unsuitable for children, but it’s a lot to grasp - even for an experienced viewer. The last quarter of the film is a slight letdown, and the pacing seems kinda messed up at times.
- The scenery and landscaping is beautiful and emmersive
- The characters are all really likable
- The fire demon is S-tier
Now - come fight me.