Howl's Moving Castle
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From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howls magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howls wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.
• Feature-Length Storyboards
• Original Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spots
• Interview with Diana Wynne Jones
• Miyazaki's Visit to Pixar
• Explanation of CG
• The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack
• Behind the Microphone
• 8-page Booklet, producer's statement + more
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The book is one of my favourite Diana Wynne Jones novels. I feel like crying with frustration after seeing this movie. It could have been done so much better.
After enjoy so much about the movie version of "Howl's Moving Castle", I decided to read the book written by Diana Wynne-Jones. It is a really fascinating work with lively charactors and incredible imagination through out. Then I found out that I was slightly disappointed by the change Mr. Miyazaki made to his movie. I hope that he would follow the book more truthfully. I don't really care much about the "Anti-War" theme in the movie with a confusing plot. I would rather watch the battles between Howl and the Witch of the Waste.
However, if you can seperate them and view them as two unrelated work, I really enjoy and love both of them because they both feature my favorite charactors including Howl, Sophie and Calcifer.
p.s. I rate this film 4 stars but it shows only 1 star. And I can't change it!
My biggest complaint, even more than the bad structure, is the heroine; she just isn't an interesting character. I can't even call her a heroine. She starts out sewing hats at her father's store and then moves on to cooking and cleaning in Howl's castle. I've heard a lot of arguments for why she's a good character. Some people say that she evolves and finds wisdom in the old age that is forced on her. Clearly she becomes less repressed and more *youthful*. The nature of the spell that has been cast on her (I'll avoid spoilers) is also pretty compelling. However, she's still boring, mundane, and fundamentally powerless. I like strong female leads like Nausicaa and I was a little offended that yet again, Miyazaki's heroine is left cooking and cleaning and depending on the hero for everything else. Not only that, but the heroine is absurdly forgiving, to a point that I found insulting. Miyazaki has given us an abuse-absorbing dishrag.
On a side note, what does Miyazaki have against fat people? There is a scene that is waaaaay too long showing the corpulescent Witch of the Waste climbing a tall flight of stairs; you're shown in incredible detail her many jiggling chins and the oily sweat pouring down her face. For a scene that should have been cut, it drags on interminably and is quite frankly both disgusting and offensive. In the meantime, the main character, from the top of the stairs, encourages her forward. Why is she rooting for the witch who only recently turned her into a 90 year old? Because that's how Miyazaki shows us what a big heart she has. Hurray.
This is an all right movie for kids, especially girls, thanks to the magic and the love story, and there are enough fairy tale elements to keep it from being totally boring for other viewers. I'm giving it two stars mainly because I'm sick of Miyazaki's sloppiness and lousy characters.
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