A young girl toils away in her parents hat shop, finding joy in the random encounters she has with the mysterious wizard, Howl. When a spiteful witch curses her with an old body, ashamed and afraid, she flees to Howl’s Magic Moving Castle.
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The transient nature of the castle & backdrop of encroaching war suggest a subtext of how war itself displaces people. It's a rich idea & one that plays beautifully to the film's sensitive depiction of old age. Few films give time to the struggles faced by those at the end of life, but here the character's attempts to find peace are interrupted by the adventure; creating a kind of meaning; like life in some respects.
Miyazaki's grand vision to put the countless millions into machines of wonder instead of war the perfect companion piece to my favorite Miyazaki film at the moment "The Wind Rises". A testament to a shift in consciousness in the man power behind mankind.
Sin una trama muy compleja, aborda aspectos importantes de las relaciones conflictivas y guerras entre naciones, con una construcción de metaforas, al mejor estilo de Hayao Miyazaki, refiriendose al mundo actual que nos rodea. Magia, belleza e impresionantes animaciones edifican un universo creado perfectamente, sin embargo con una atmósfera un tanto infantil para mi gusto crítico.
I tend to have trouble with films where magic is a non-issue. It affords filmmakers the ability to make things up as they go, and excuse glaring inconsistencies by changing the rules of the world on the fly. There are also weird tonal shifts and pacing issues that make "Howl" feel like a minor entry Miyazaki's canon. That should hardly suggest it isn't a pleasure to watch. Bale is excellent, as is Hishiashi's score.
Miyazaki's last masterpiece. There were a few more films after this one, but for me 'Howl's Moving Castle' combines adventure, drama, comedy and fantasy with an wonderful female protagonist, beautiful scenery and sweet score. Forget about those princesses' castles, Howl's is the one you'd kill to live on.
Such a visually and emotionally ravishing film. Miyazaki proves again he's more than just an "Asian Disney," with another magical tale that oozes with melancholy and delight. Just damn, this one left me completely speechless though. I love you, Miyazaki.
My first Miyazaki film, and I'm glad to say it lives up what I've long been hearing about his work. It has its flaws - including an incredibly disappointing, overly-convenient ending, but they can't detract too much from a film so full of imagination and inventiveness. Looking forward to seeing more Miyazaki, especially since I hear this isn't even one of his best.