Howl's Moving Castle
|Howl's Moving Castle|
A specific criticism of Howl's moving castle is that, although it is set in a fantasy steam-punk world, where you have coal powered trains, yet flapping airplanes and wizards and witches, the story has nothing to do with the setting at all. This story could have been told in any setting, and probably would have been more understood.
Howl's Moving Castle is a story of a very unlikely girl named Sofi, who is of normal looks, getting involved in the world of a Casanova wizard, who normally steals the hearts of young beautiful women. When Sofi, a quiet and reserved hat maker, is seen by the evil Wicked Witch of the Wastes, she is cursed to be aged to be about 70 years old, with the inability to every speak of the curse. Sofi sets out to find Howl, who got her involved in the first place to remove this curse.
|Sofi the Hat Maker|
That is the setting for the story and backdrop story, but the real moral of the story is that it Sofi has to come to grips with her own self worth. Although she finds Howl, the dashing wizard, in his moving castle, she feels he is completely unattainable although he's right next to her. What solidifies this feeling of the two being separated in the viewers mind is this age curse that is put on her. She looks 70 years old visually, so even the viewer is led to understand her feelings of being unable to attain what is right before her.
As mentioned before, the story didn't even need the setting of both fantasy and steam-punk along with it. Sure it is nice to have that setting, but I would have liked to have the story be about the setting more, and not a simple chick flick, love story.
[ In my personal opinion, I am against chick flicks because it super-imposes the views of the director / writer upon the female population, as if to say, this is how you should act and behave in a love situation. ]
|The Witch of the Wastes|
With all of this going on, it is not necessary to have the setting be fantasy steam-punk. This could easily be set in modern times. A whole lot of filler is put into the movie to extend the longevity of it. Sometimes the filler is just put in to make the movie visually interesting, as mentioned above.
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