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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
(2005)

A Studio Ghibli production. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Very loosely based on the novel by Diane Wynne Jones.

Running time: 120 minutes.

Rated PG.

   
Rating: * * * *
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August 8, 2005

Howl's Moving Castle - The highest grossing Japanese film from the past year is now being shown (and subsequently buried) in the States courtesy of Disney. Howl's is the best movie to be released in American theatres this year; a deep, affecting episodic story about romance, war, and the fountain of age. There's enough depth to fill three or four lesser movies. Is this Hayao Miyazaki's finest film? I always think that after watching one of his movies, but there's something definitive about Howl, playing out like the Beatles' medley on Abbey Road. It's a summarizing film; it is also his most distinctly personal, a devoted poem to his marriage, and his wife who had to sacrifice her career so he could pursue his.

Americans expected Harry Potter or another paint-by-numbers Disney fairy tale. What they got was a surrealist collision between Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, and Apocalypse Now. If you know your Miyazaki, truly know his films inside and out, then Howl's Moving Castle will force you to see everything in a whole new light.

(A much longer review will soon follow, either on this page or at my weblog Conversations on Ghibli. Thanks for being patient, and keep looking for the skees...I mean, skies.)

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