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What to know: One of Miyazaki's classic anime films.
Recommended age 8-12
119 minutes
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I just finished watching "Howl's Moving Castle" and I thought it was a wonderful movie. I've seen it before and I still think it's a wonderful movie. It's about a young girl named Sophie who gets turned into an old woman by the evil Witch of the Waste and she seeks the help of a wizard named Howl, but the problem is that she can't tell anyone about the curse she's under. There are a lot of references to war in this. Howl is against the war. He doesn't care what flag the ship is flying or what uniform the soldiers are wearing, he just wants the war to end. He doesn't want to hurt anyone, he just wants a peaceful resolution. Hayao Miyazaki is the man who directed and animated this film and he did a wonderful job. Each frame is like its own piece of art, and when it's all strung together it makes a beautiful movie. The music is also very good. I would recommend this for all ages. For littler kids there are no really scary parts and there is a lot of color, humor and excitement. For older kids and adults it's a very interesting plot line. If I had to categorize this, which would be very hard to do because it's a very unique movie, I would put this in the Great category. I would put it up with "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Lord of the Rings," not that it's anything like them, but it's just as wonderful. I would have to give this five out of five stars, which is a very hard ranking to get. Once again, this has been Reviewed by Sam Connan, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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A young girl is cursed by a witch, and put into the body of an old woman. Oscar nominated film by renowned Director, Hayao Miyazaki
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