Sunday, April 7, 2019

Howl's Moving Castle 15th Anniversary

Fathom Events brought Howl's Moving Castle to theaters this afternoon, so I took myself to the movies. I've never seen this anime, but the premise intrigued me greatly. Wizard, lonely girl, witches...what's not to like, right?

I checked Rotten Tomatoes and the audience gave it a 92% - so another good thing going for it. I had my small bucket of popcorn, a medium Coke, reclining seat, and NO neighbors! Excellent.

And I fell asleep. For shame, I know! But honestly. I was expecting a little more wizarding...
The beginning started out well, the movie progressed. I loved all the side characters: jumping scarecrow, strange little dog with red feet that didn't exactly bark. Okay, Howl can turn into a bird. In the very beginning when he rescued Sophie from some soldiers he used magic to move them along. But no other magic was busted out really. Now, it was possible all the cool magic happened when I was sleeping. But I must say, the only other movie I fell asleep in was Groundhog Day and I've seen A LOT of movies.

I really liked Sophie's character. She was spunky. But Howl, um, he certainly wouldn't be my idea of a leading man. I wanted mysterious. Instead, I got whiner who complained about beauty.

I don't doubt this was a great movie in a lot of eyes and I was really disappointed that I didn't like it as much as everyone else. It's possible the Ghibli Studio just isn't right for me. I wasn't crazy about Spirited Away.

So stay tuned for next time, hopefully it'll be better (Dumbo or Shazaam!) and I'll let you know!
Stay paranormally weird!