Saturday, March 26, 2011

272. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)


-Lets run! Don't fight them, Howl!
-Sorry, I've had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I've got something I want to protect. It's you.

Another mind-blowingly beautiful work of moving art from the genius of Hayao Miyazaki. As in "Spirited Away" a young girl gets whisked away into a magical world, but this time the spell is on her. Sophie transforms into an older version of herself and must work with a very strange "family" of spellbound objects to help a wizard fend off the attacks of an evil witch. Throw everything you know about linear storytelling and the rules of fantasy out the window, and sit back and enjoy the ride. It'll probably take a couple of views to really "get" the story, but the visuals make it more than worth repeated viewings.

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