ByRosalyn Lim 林惠美, writer at
I love Moviepilot (*ノ▽ノ) ~★ Review, Quiz & Everything Movie ★ Find me on Google+, Instagram & Facebook ♥
Rosalyn Lim 林惠美

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) at a glance

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) is a fantasy adventure film by Hayao Miyazaki based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones. This traditionally animated feature is the second highest-grossing anime in the world, behind Spirited Away (2001).

Update: Read All Studio Ghibli Movie Review Here!

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Trailer

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Synopsis

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

[ Follow Rosalyn on Moviepilot ]

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Review

Walking in the air.
Walking in the air.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) is stunning. Although the film could use more scenes and screen time for a much comprehensible story, it would still be difficult to believe anyone who enjoy anime and fantasy films not to like this; especially it is an original fantasy work.

Howl and Sophie
Howl and Sophie

This magical anime film follows an unusual adventure infused with romantic conundrums. I gave up questioning the love here as love is a mysterious existence that should not be questioned. Nonetheless, the magic spells are not the only unusual thing here, it is also quite unusual that Sophie adapted and moved on quickly as an old lady which is actually a lighthearted watch.

Cursed Scarecrow Prince and Old Sophie
Cursed Scarecrow Prince and Old Sophie

In brief, this film has beautiful visuals from characters to the landscapes and it is certainly high in fantasy. If you do watch this, you can even tell that you will be expecting something different from the start as this film is indeed mysterious and will remain mysterious even after the film ends.

PS. I know this film is nearly 2 hours long but I still feel that this film is too short and hasty. :(

Who will like this?

Anime, magic and fantasy lovers.

PS. Check out all my Studio Ghibli movie reviews that are available on Moviepilot! Stay tune for more animated features!

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Diana Wynne Jones, Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy Romance
Running time: 119 mins
Budget: USD 24,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 235,184,110 est.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
Rosalyn can be contacted via email and facebook.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Poster


Latest from our Creators