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Howling’s Moving Castle

In Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyasaki’s animated treasure Howl’s Moving Castle, you enter a breathtaking fantasy world that is not only pleasing to the eye, but to the heart.  Sophie is a young woman who works in a hat shop and one day she strikes up a friendship with a young wizard named Howl.  Jealous of their encounter, the Witch of the Waste (who is after Howl’s heart) places a curse on Sophie to give her the body of an old woman.  Unsure of how to break her curse, Sophie travels to the outskirts of town, known as the Wastes where she looks for someone to help her.  It is here that she comes across a strange moving castle belonging to Howl.  Inside she meets and makes a deal with a fire demon named Calcifer that if she can break the spell that enslaves Calcifer, that he will break her spell and turn her into a young woman again.  An amazing story of sorceresses, wizards, and demons begins as Sophie joins the rag tag little family of Howl and his apprentice Markl.

Howl’s Moving Castle is an amazing animated adventure that the entire family will enjoy.  Not only it is a masterpiece for the eye, but the story and characters are endearing to the heart.  No one can animate a story like Miyasaki.  Like his other movies, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle’s beauty is in the attention to details. Each scene is a piece of art with Miyasaki’s touches on everything important like characters and scenes to the less important like the books and the jewelry.  Full of vibrant colors and larger than life nuances, you’ll forget that you are watching an animated feature.  The entire movie is an amazing dream full of life, story, and character.  There is a richness that cannot be ignored that makes each scene stunningly surprising.  Miyasaki raises the bar for animation with this movie, which he previously set the bar for with his other animated masterpieces.  Howl’s Moving Castle has all the typical Miyasaki ingredients like picturesque panoramas, magical machinery, and creative characters.

Along with the animation, the other assets of this movie are the story and the characters.  Howl’s Moving Castle is based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones and what a creative story it is.  Even the summary at the beginning of this review does not do it justice, but I would need a couple of pages to give a full explanation and then I would be giving away some of the surprises.  Think of it: a walking castle with a magical portal that is owned by a young wizard who has lost his heart to a demon and is in danger of turning into a complete monster with out the love of a young woman maliciously cursed as an older woman who has her own curse to lift; how can you get any better than that?   Then there are the characters like the heroine Sophie, who not only transforms physically but also goes from a shy and timid shop girl into an outspoken and courageous girl in love.  The hero Howl is devilishly charming wizard but also imperfect and human.  You truly begin to care about these characters and feel for them.  A phenomenon that still amazes me when animated characters become emotionally attachable.  All in all Howl’s Moving Castle is a dream-like work of art that should be in every movie lover’s repertoire as seen and even owned.

6 thoughts on “Howling’s Moving Castle”

  1. Is anyone having problems with wordpress lately? Just curious.

    This post is posted 4 times and I have been having similar problems. In the past you hit post and it would take you back to your profile. Now you hit post and it gives you an error message but still posts. If you don’t go back to the home page and refresh you won’t see that your post had been published which is what I assume happend here. Anyone else having the same problem?

    I have IE9 and Mozilla, Mozilla freezes when I post or try to save anything. Even when you press “save and continue editing” on IE9 it kicks you back to the home page. Just want to know if this is only me or if it is the site? This just started for me last week. Before I never had a problem.

  2. I am also having problems with wordpress. Yesterday was the first time that I have posted a review in about a month. I was not given an error message but a blank screen. When I got the blank screen after selecting the publish button I thought that there was an error in posting the review and therefore I tried to post it again until I realized what was going on.

    I am so embarrassed that the review posted four times. But yes I am having somewhat the same problem.

    I too have Mozilla but I have not experienced any freezing. I am not sure what all is going on and I am unsure of how I can delete the three extra posts. I am also curious to know if anyone else is experiencing the same problem.

  3. Yeah, I too have experienced this problem(if one can call it that). But refreshing the error page does not cause any trouble.

    As far as deleting your three extra posts is concerned, My Account -> Manage -> Delete should work just fine.

  4. We are looking into this issue and going to attempt to update WordPress to the latest version – you should see an improvement in speed and editor.

    Thanks for putting up with us!

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