Familiar Ghibli themes. I have watched quite a well of these films and have loved every one I have watched. Howl's Moving castle is no exception. The storyline is new and different, but if you have watched others some familiar themes seep through such as the futility of conflict. That is not to say that the story is not goo. It is, very.
Excellent. This is normally what attracts people to view the Ghibli work and they will not be disappointed. It is amazing to look at.
The music is, once again, excellent. It fits the film so well. It adds something to all the scenes and takes nothing away from that action on screen. There is a worry when big names get involved in these type of films that they will take over and it might lose some of its charm and magic. That is not the case here the big vocal names work well.
More growth needed. There is a little change in the characters througout the film but it is not done in a convincing manner. Characters jump from feeling one thing to feeling another without much warning. This leaves you with a feeling of fakeness about their new ethos.
Excellent, a visual treat. If you have watched and loved Hayao Miyazaki's other work then this is a must. I would not recommned this to someone as their first outing into his amazing and imaginative worlds, it may leave some feeling a little lost