Howl’s Moving Castle dir. by

24 October 2005

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I always meant to see Spirited Away, but never got around to it, so I’m glad I got a chance to see this film, by the same director, in the cinema. Based on the book of the same title by Dianna Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle is an anime cartoon telling the story of Sophie, a young hatmaker who is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and turned into a ninty year old woman. The only way for her to break the curse is to help Howl and his fire demon Calcifer break the curse that they are suffering under.

This film was wonderful. I’m not a huge fan of this style of animation, it is too similar to Pokemon, but it is really well done here. The strong point, for me, being the backgrounds, ships, planes etc, but not the characters.

We never really know all that much about the war of the background, apart from the fact that it has something to do with a missing prince. But I prefer stories that don’t feel the need to explain every single thing to you. This is very much worth watching, and although this is a dubbed version I never got the feeling that the voices were out of place.

I haven’t read the novel, so I can’t comment on the translation from book to film, but I have read some by Wynne Jones and they are very readable.

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5 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    I meant to catch this in the theatre but will have to wait for DVD. It looks amazing, glad you liked it. Spirited Away was absolutely wonderful. I bought it on DVD and watched in with my daughter and then my wife and daughter right after it came out and we were all blown away. Great stuff!

  2. Fence says:

    I really must get my hands on Spirited Away, have heard nothing but good things about it.

  3. carla says:

    Thanks for linking to my review (Geek of All Trades). How did you happen to find it?

  4. Fence says:

    Hi Carla. Once I've written my reviews I always like to link to a view other sites/posts about the film I'm reviewing. I came across yours and linked it, so linked I think through google's blog search engine

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