I mean, words just don’t describe what makes a Miyazaki movie so damn good. I hold it a bit high because it was the very first anime thing I ever saw, back in my geography class of year 7, but still.
The whole film’s, well…charming. Be it the talking fireplace to the old witch, I fell in love with every character. However, as expected from a Miyazaki film you are constantly being wowed with lush landscapes and detailed scenery, and in that means that a lot of scenes are put there merely for the “isn’t that lovely” factor, which at times makes the film move a bit slowly. But that doesn’t really hamper the experience of it at all.
I mean, call me biased, but anything less than a masterful work of entertainment would be an outright failure for a Myazaki work, and Howl’s Moving Castle is certainly not a failure. After watching it, it really does leave you little wonder as to why Zack of ANN’s Answerman column adopted the personality of Howl as his favorite. It’s just…that good. Yeah. I ranted a bit and didn’t make much sense.
Either way, just watch it. It’s only 2 hours of your life, and worst case is that you didn’t like it as much as other films(Spirited Away), best case is that you’ve found a new love for a charming anime film.
Mimi’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)