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  • This combined with a world of magic, witches and wizards I think makes for a great film for adults and children alike
  • He was the best known actor to feature in the film apart from Lauren Bacall and had obviously been brought in to lend some Hollywood glitz to the film

    • by James Kester
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      Hayao Miyazaki’s follow up to the much acclaimed ‘Spirited Away’ is another masterpiece of animation. This film in no ways pushes the boundaries of animation and doesn’t attempt to which is refreshing.

      Too many modern animation films concentrate on wonderful computer affect to the detriment of the film.

      Miyazaki’s style of animation is old world and in the European animation style of Bande Dessinee rather than the more common


      American gothic comic style.

      Miyazaki is clearly heavily influences by Herge and many of the characters are very Tintin-esque.

      This combined with a world of magic, witches and wizards I think makes for a great film for adults and children alike.

      Unlike ‘Spirited Away’ which my young niece found rather scary, ‘Howl’s moving castle’ fully justifes it’s U rating and is suitable for all ages.

      On the down side ...


      • the story and characterisation drew heavily on ‘Spirited Away’ and the similarities between the two was a bit much.

        The storyline was poor, which was partly made up for by the magical ness of the world Miyazaki creates but the ending was haphazard and seemed almost an afterthought to the film.

        The worst thing in the film was the character of the Fire Demon, Calipha, who was played by Billy

        Crystal.

        He was the best known actor to feature in the film apart from Lauren Bacall and had obviously been brought in to lend some Hollywood glitz to the film.

        However like many Hollywood actors when playing animated character, it was overplayed and didn’t fit with the other characters or the style of the film.

        This sort of over characterisation is fine for spoofs like ‘Shrek’ but falls flat in this arena.




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