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Howl's Moving Castle: The Movie

Hiyao Miyazaki's movie version of Howl's Moving Castle opened last week in Japan, and the reviews are spreading. It's a good movie - not as good as Spirited Away, because it wants to rush through more story while still keeping time to explore the world in leisurely ways. And, most importantly for book fans, the plot is not the same as the book. Oh, there's still Sophie and Howl and Calcifer, but Sophie has lost a sister, and, although the Witch of the Waste appears, the villain is someone else in this version of the plot. I've read three reviews: the consensus is that the less the reviewer tries comparing it to the plot of the book, the better the movie stands on its own.

luxvesperis posted a review and a few pictures, including what the Calcifer plushies look like.
reene commented briefly in the dianawynnejones community (where there's also a post about the movie soundtrack, which is also out).
Some of my comments on the movie also came from tsutanai's viewing. (Thank you for passing them on!)

Update: The BBC reports that Howl set new box office records for the opening weekend for a Japanese film.

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dsgood
Nov. 23rd, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
irrelevant comment; why I friended you.
I looked at the askahistorian community. Decided I wasn't interested (I might change my mind if I have a batch of questions.) Looked at askahistorian's Friends page. You seemed like someone I'd often be interested in reading. Looking directly at your LJ confirmed this, so I added you.
owlfish
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: irrelevant comment; why I friended you.
Thank you for letting me know!
tsutanai
Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, the soundtrack. Actually I thought the last song was a bit meh. But some of the main themes in the soundtrack of the movie itself were marvelous. But then, a Ghibli film with bad music? Inconceivable!
owlfish
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
I only have the Spirited Away soundtrack, but it is a lovely one. I like the tune used for the movie trailer better than the theme song itself.
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