Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

I’m a fan of Hayao Miyazaki movies. My absolute favorite being Howl’s Moving Castle which shares a title with a book it’s loosely based off of? I question that and say loosely based on because there’s not tons that make it match and both are great in their own rights.

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

Sophie (Sofi), works in a hat shop and despite being young she acts far older than she is. Which comes in handy when she’s cursed by a witch and turned into an old woman. She then sets out on a quest to get the curse removed by the witch and runs into a moving castle, home of the wizard known as Howl Pendragon, horribly powerful and rumored to eat the hearts of beautiful girls. Sophie thinks there’s nothing to worry about because she views herself as anything but beautiful.

There’s a large theme of confidence and family within in this movie and it’s very heartwarming. There’s also a sentient fire, Calcifer, who’s adorable snarky. I highly recommend this movie and unlike Calcifer I hope your bacon doesn’t burn.

~H

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