When it comes to Studio Ghibli, I’m a fan of their more straight forward films, rather than their trippy confusing ones, with ‘Grave Of The Fireflies’ one of my all time favourite animated films. With 'Howl's Moving Castle', it has the same quirks that can make their films fall flat, while sometimes also causing them to reach awesome heights of coolness!
“When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.”
The thing I loved about it though was the world it created, as often their films make me feel like I'm watching a film based on an awesome JRPG, like a 'Final Fantasy' game. But the strange Japanese sensibilities, and confusing character motivations, are often the things that make me disconnect from their films, and this film had those, but not to the extreme of others. So though I enjoyed it, I think I'll need to see it a few more times to really ‘get’ it.
B+ From Me!!!
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