The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Just a simple disclaimer before I begin: I understand there is a book tied to this movie. Unfortunately I haven't read it so this review is from that perspective but rest assured I'll be reading the book fairly quickly. It's not often that I give an anime 10/10 let alone in every category, but Howl's Moving Castle deserves nothing less. From start to finish I was awed and amazed by the beautiful scenery and... read more
I absolutely love love LOVE this movie, it's my favourite Studio Ghibli movie of all time. The story is so immersive; you are in Sophie's life, you see her perspective and hear her thoughts. Each of the characters are so intriguing and entertaining, especially Calcifer, Howl's rather outspoken fire demon, "She likes my SPARRRRRK!". The animation is so beautifully done, the art work is fantastic... read more
Howl's Moving Castle