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They just keep getting better, with practice.

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They just keep getting better, with practice.

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Howl's Moving Castle was terrific. Wonderful.

People are saying it's confusing in their reviews. I did not find it confusing, but I have to admit that I have re-read the novel (authored by Diane Wynne Jones just a bit too late for me to be the proper age for it) it's based on within the last year. The other people I went with did not find it confusing, and do not know the novel at all: however, I warned them that other people called it confusing, so they may have had their ears / eyes open a bit wider for plot-points.

Cinematically, it's beautiful. Plotwise, it's beautiful. Castingwise for the US dub, it's beautiful. I liked this one better than Spirited Away: however, I like the original novel a HELL of a lot, so this was bound to win out between the two, for me.

colubra-Bob sez: check it out.

Oh, and for those I went with? The first sentence or two of the novel:

In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows that you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.
Sophie Hatter was the eldest of three sisters. She was not even the child of a poor woodcutter, which might have given her some chance of success. Her parents were well to do and kept a ladies' hat shop in the prosperous town of Market Chipping.


In case one of you suddenly realizes you want to read it.
  • I thought it was great, and not confusing at all. I haven't seen any of his other movies yet, but plan to do so soon.
  • I haven't seen the movie, but I'm such a fan of her stuff. Fire and Hemlock is my favorate. "No where. Where Now? Now here."

    • I have to agree -- Fire and Hemlock is incredible. Even though I like almost all her stuff, that one seems somehow set-apart.
  • i saw it friday. my second time. the first was a recording from a theatre with crappy subtitles, but still amazing. i have to say it is truly amazing. i didn't find it confusing in the slightest; even the version with the crappy subtitles.

    i would like to read the book at some point.
  • I suspect that the complaints of confusion about this one are directly related to how Spirited Away wound up with (blatently not in the Japanese dialog) subtitles that said things like "Haku...He's a dragon."

    Ah well.
  • (no subject) -
    • Howl? Christian Bale.

      Witch of the Waste? Lauren Bacall.

      Calcifer? Billy Crystal.
  • I would love to read it... in fact, will trade food for raiding privileges in your library. Fresh pasta? Hand cranked in your very own kitchen?? Or maybe buckwheat crepes are more to your liking: braised greens, mushrooms and walnuts as a filling?

  • It's not that I don't like Miyazaki. Spirited Away was great -- at least, the half of it with conflict. And yet, I am somehow so very certain that this movie will be nothing at all like the book, and generally annoy the heck out of me.
    • Re-reading the novel at the moment, it's pretty apparent to me that whomever did the adaptation really loves the novel. There are some tweaks, definitely- and one or two that grate- but overall? It's perfect.

      And Laurenn Bacall as the Witch of the Waste.
      You KNOW you wanna see it.
  • In case one of you suddenly realizes you want to read it.

    You know, I think I just realized exactly that.
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