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Howl's Moving Castle - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Howl's Moving Castle
Beautiful, just beautiful, but then you knew it was a Studio Ghibli film, right? Eye candy for the nature lovers (lanfykins) and, perhaps surprisingly, those in love with steampunk (zenmeisterin, for example) and/or Victoriana (that'd be me).

The dub is of the (un)usual high quality one associates with Ghibli, and Miyazaki fans will doubtless enjoy it. Diana Wynne Jones fans on the other hand may well be disappointed by the extensive changes to the storyline, such as those brought about by Miyazaki's obsession with the pointlessness and destruction of war. (I agree with him - he just did it much better already in Mononoke.) However, the film retains much of the spirit of the book, and some of the best scenes have been retained.

Not a perfect film, but definitely worth seeing, especially if you're someone for whom the visual spectacle will make up for the deficiencies in the plot.
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atreic From: atreic Date: September 27th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw Howl's Moving Castle at the Cambridge Film Festival (UK premiere :) ) and completely agree it's the most gorgeous eye candy to be had this year!
neophyte_13 From: neophyte_13 Date: September 27th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess that solves the dilemma of should I read the book first or see the movie... I will hate it if I read the book first for not staying true, but won't hate it so much if I do it the other way around :) Cinema this week I think!
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