Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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PG-Rated | Duration: 1h 59min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Story: In Howl’s Moving Castle, Sophie, a shy young woman, is turned into an old woman by a curse. She encounters a wizard, named Howl, with whom lies her only chance of breaking through the spell.

Stars: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Oscars: 1 Nomination

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle is Miyazaki’s personal favorite movie. In contrast to most of his filmography, this film centers around an older protagonist. Released in 2004, Miyazaki wanted to convey an anti-war sentiment. Of course, his ideas become clear through the plot, but in a unique way.
This film combines modern technology with fantasy and magic, and neither feels out of place. The animation by Studio Ghibli is magnificent, albeit with a darker tone.
Miyazaki has made a name for himself for being delicate with the topics he chooses to tackle, and inventive in the way he does that. Howl’s Moving Castle, is yet another film where he achieves this balance.

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