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Howls Moving Castle

Title: 
Howls Moving Castle
Year: 
2005
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Miyazaki, Hayao
Language: 
Japanese
Country: 
Japan
Genre: 
Animated

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki follows up his international hit Spirited Away
with this adaptation of a British novel by Diana Wynne Jones; I haven't
read the book, but the movie's dreamlike spaces and characters are
sometimes worthy of Lewis Carroll. One thing that makes this highly
cinematic is the radical fluidity of both age and character: people and
objects are constantly transforming, and wisdom doesn't so much succeed
callowness as peacefully coexist with it. The heroine, a teenage
hatmaker, runs afoul of a wicked witch and gets turned into a
90-year-old woman; she becomes housekeeper for a youthful magician
named Howl, tending to the gigantic walking castle where he lives.
Whenever she feels romantic stirrings for him, she becomes a teenager
again. Voices are by Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, and
Lauren Bacall, among others. PG, 118 min. [jonathan Rosenbaum]