Sunday, June 19, 2005

Hayao Miyazaki's new film "Howl's Moving Castle"


Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's translation of the British childrens book of the same name is another indescribable thing of cinematic beauty. 'Howl's' does come across as his imagination being a bit stilted by the source material, but a 'stilted' Miyazaki film is still something that can amaze and inspire like nothing else in modern cinema. Somehow he manages to always take a truly idealistic perspective in his storytelling and save it from being naive of oversimplistic. And as always, the quality of the animation from Studio Ghibli and its consistency throughout the film is incomparable - no one is making 2-D animation to this quality standard anywhere else on the planet.

Those living in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco or NY have the benefit of seeing it as his films should be seen : SUBTITLED (none of that crap Disney dubbing) - thanks to Landmark Theatres having the insight to get both prints through.