Howl’s Moving Castle

Title: Hauru no ugoku shiro
Year: 2004 (Japan), 2005 (US)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones
Starring: (English version) Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall; (Japanese version) Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature; currently #250 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a girl turned old by a witch falls in love with a wizard
How I saw it: in the theater, 2005; on video a few times (used to have on DVD), most recently June 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for dialog and music) c. 2.8/4 (Good).

Good movie. The dialog is corny (maybe it doesn’t translate well?). The music is straight-up Anime music. The story’s nothing great, but there are enough cute characters to keep it entertaining.


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