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.
As all Studio Ghibli films it is an unique animated film. This one makes the heroine into an old woman and there is a flying moving castle that she needs to find. Perfect hand drawn imagery grabs my imagination from beginning to end. But I felt it has an too abrupt ending to be 100% satisfying.
Nuovamente mi trovo stupito davanti alla vastità creativa della mente di Miyazaki, il cui tratto di matita, seppur semplice, riesce sempre a dar vita a personaggi profondamente caratterizzati. Annichilito lo stereotipo delle storie principesche coi loro banali e ben stabili castelli, Howl e Sophie reinventano il genere, con una favola di magia autentica, seconda solo alla permanenza di Chihiro nella Città Incantata.
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.
A little gilded and resplendent for my tastes. I hadn't seen this much decorative gold in a film until I watched 'Curse of the Golden Flower'! Perhaps its focus upon artifice and architectural (in spite of a critical stance) means the presence of the organic in its awesome otherness is less keenly felt. In this sense, 'Howls's Moving Castle' is to Miyazaki's filmography what 'The Emperor's Nightingale' is to Trnka's.
D'une richesse conceptuelle et thématique vaste et fournie, cette tortueuse quête de l'identité, entre tendre histoire d'amour et constante poésie du merveilleux, confirme à nouveau Hayao Miyazaki comme un des plus grands maîtres de l'animation japonaise. www.cinefiches.com
My MUBI review this week is on Howl’s Moving Castle another studio Ghibli film.This film is an amazing piece of work it tells a story of a young girl who is wrongfully cursed by a witch and forced to look old and decrepit but she meets an enchanted young man and has a marvelous journey. If you love narrative stories and animated films this is a must see. This critic gives this film a ten out of ten and two thumbs up.
This is one of my all time favorite animated films ever. This movie veers away from a typical animated fantasy movie with the damsal in distress to a strong protangonist that grows throughout the movie. I really enjoyed the beautiful non diagetic music in the background and the scenery that the movie provides. This movie isnt just an adventure it has elements of comedy from calcifer as well as an element of romance.
This is a delightful little film that explores magic, friendship and love. I think Miyazaki's greatest talent as a filmmaker is world building. He is able to create such rich and vibrant worlds that just draw you in. Well I don't think this is the best Miyzaki I still love this film and think it is supremely underrated. This is an enchanting film that you won't regret tracking down.