Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

by Anna da Rosa

Howl’s Moving Castle is a Studio Ghibli film created by none other than the talented Hayao Miyazaki. Howl’s Moving Castle is about a young girl named Sophia living a drab life working at a hat shop, until she meets a mysterious wizard named Howl. Although her experience meeting Howl was enchanting, the evil Witch of the Waste sees their immediate bond and gets jealous and places a curse upon Sophia to suddenly turn her into an old woman. The story is about Sophia’s journey alongside Howl and his moving castle so she can find the way to break her curse. Howl’s “moving castle” is a strange looking contraption that travels wherever Howl wants it to go. It is controlled by a fire demon named Calcifer who took over Howl’s heart. Howl’s Moving Castle tells a story of risk, bravery, magic, kindness, and most importantly the power of true love. While Howl is reckless and cowardly. Sophia is brave and hard working; so they help each other to leave their comfort zones. I believe what Miyazaki is trying to tell his fans is to not let your fears get in the way of accomplishing your goals, like how Howl gets over his fears because of his love for Sophia and Sophia broke her curse because of her bravery in the face of the Witch of the Waste. Howl’s Moving Castle is a Studio Ghibli classic and a perfect film for the whole family.