Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

This is a review about an amazing and remarkable anime, Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl’s Moving Castle was directed by a renowned anime director, Hayao Miyazaki and it was released in 2004. There are some beautiful pieces of music in the movie, composed by Joe Hisaishi . It is essentially based on the book Howl’s Moving Castle, but there is some variation from the original story line.

Go on, read the review! (Don’t worry, there are not major spoilers in it!)

After reading this review, I hope you decide to watch it is definitely worth it!

In the magical land of Ingary, war has wreaked havoc across the kingdom. The war is being fought against the neighbouring kingdom.

There is a small town in this kingdom, which is more or less untouched by the war (until now), and the name of this town is Market Chipping. At the edge of the town, A big moving castle set up base, and that moving castle belonged to a wizard, namely Howl. Howl is supposedly an evil magician who eats/steals the heart of young girls……..

In this town, in a small hat shop, there lives a girl named Sophie.

Sophie has spent her whole life in the hat shop, making hats. Her father left her the hat shop, and she is bored and tired of drudging away her entire life, at the hats.

However, the adventures she is about to embark on make up for a lifetime of boredom…….

On the way to meet her sister, she is rescued from black blobby monsters and a couple of thugs by a kind and handsome wizard. The witch of the waste (an evil witch), who is after them, casts a spell on Sophie to turn her into ………. an old woman. (Cue: Gasp!!!)

She sets off to reverse the spell on her, and she rescues a magic scarecrow, who helps her find a place to stay (one good turn deserves another!). The lodgings are…. Howl’s Moving Castle!!

She is nervous, is Howl evil? Will she be given a place to stay or not?

Sophie finds the last thing she expects, in the last place she expects: a home and a family. But the war threatens to tear that apart….                                                                                                                                                                                  She is tied up in a whirlwind of secrets, danger, and surprises,

Can she save the people she loves??……..

I loved this movie because it was really interesting, and the situations were really well shown and created.  I love its book, so I decided to watch the movie and see, is it as good as the book? I am delighted to say, that the answer is yes. Everything is so colourful, and when you see it, you feel as if it is happening right next to you. The plot is intricate and beautiful, and some of the situations are really funny. Even though it is slightly different from the book, the protagonists are more or less the same. My favourite character was Markl, who is yours?

This movie was one of a kind, and I loved the storyline, because it was beautiful, meaningful, fantastical, adventurous, and loving. I think that you should really try this movie, you will not regret it. I recommend this movie for ages 10+.

I give this movie  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐    !!!!

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