Saturday, February 6, 2010

#249 - Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle)

Breakdown: Howl's Moving Castle (2004, Japan). Novel written by Diana Wynne Jones. Screenplay written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. English version voiced by Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, John Hutcherson.

When a shy young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Review: Walking castles? Check. Labyrinth-era David Bowie-esque flying wizards? Check. Evil spirits with barbershop quartet hats? Check. On a weirdness scale, this movie makes Alice in Wonderland look like Wheel of Fortune, but its respectable story line and surprisingly good visuals save it from complete obscurity.

Favorite Quote: "They say that the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst."


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