Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Whimsical... Entertaining... It's Fantasy, After All
Just caught Howl's Moving Castle (2004) by Hayao Miyazaki who also did Spirited Away (2001) which some of us remember fondly.
One word - whimsical.
Quirky characters are introduced in consistent Miyazaki fashion.
Almost like Harry Potter.
Except this time they're set in a pseudo-18th century European time in a fantasy world where magic & wizards & witches & a moving hodge-podge of junk passing as a castle are all accepted as the norm.
Could be a take on Japanese society but friends in sushi land had better confirm this for me.
All's fine as we plod along in this magical adventure that continually leaves us in wonder at the curious turn of events in a plot where magic sets no boundaries.
And of course, spellbound by the beauty of Japanese anime.
My only gripes: the cheesy ending and the gals who kept giggling at cutesy moments.
Perhaps I'm getting old and too cynical for this.
But it certainly was entertaining.
Posted by This is Ed at 11:09 PM