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A.k.a.
Howl's Moving Castle
Year
2004
Runtime
119 min.
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
197,927
Checks
35,303
Favs
4,111
Dislikes
140
Favs/checks
11.6% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
29:1
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  1. thetallguyinthecorner's avatar

    thetallguyinthecorner

    Great visual style as always. However, there were too many plot points brought up that were never resolved or even addressed later. (Sophie's mother, the actual war etc.) What we end up with is a movie that's pretty to look at, but not very engaging as a cohesive story. 7.5/10 6 years 7 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I believe I've got the consensual opinion. Miyazaki creates a gorgeous an inventive world, full of surprises and whimsy, but the film stumbles in the last minutes as everything is magically resolved in a very short time span indeed, even the stuff you didn't know what a plot thread (the missing prince). It really feels like, oops, just ran out of time, everybody be happy, yay! It doesn't undo the preceding two hours, mind you, as the oddness and visuals create plenty of memorable moments and images. The film often seems more symbolic than anything and is rife for literary and psychological analysis. The girl who believes herself an ugly "unwanted" being turned into a crone, the bipolar wizard losing his humanity, the child apprenticed forced into premature adulthood... Of course, the whiny fire demon Calcifer kind of steals the show, but what can you do? He's adorable. 2 years 1 month ago
  3. grit's avatar

    grit

    I did pay attention, but certain points are indeed a bit confusing at first watch. Especially the last quarter of the movie just lacks the magic the other 75% has 5 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #13 in Animation
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    Animation

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  2. This movie ranks #15 in Family
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    15
  3. This movie ranks #20 in Fantasy
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    20
  4. This movie ranks #33 in 2000s
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    33
  5. This movie ranks #36 in Adventure
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    36
  6. This movie ranks #47 in Paste's The 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time
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    47
  7. This movie ranks #68 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  8. This movie ranks #139 in Top 250
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  9. This movie ranks #146 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
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  10. This movie ranks #183 in FOK! top 250
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  11. This movie ranks #230 in Empire 500
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  12. This movie ranks #259 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  13. This movie ranks #423 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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  14. This movie ranks #447 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  15. This movie ranks #567 in All-Time Worldwide Box office
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  16. This movie ranks #1059 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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