Howl at Venice

Allison Marles apm at
Mon Sep 6 12:39:25 EDT 2004

Here is another story about it:

The idea of setting it in a world with war and economic problems is
certainly different.  I imagine it will be good for completely 
different reasons than the book.


minnow wrote:
> I have just been sent this unattributed review of the movie.  I have no
> idea who or where it comes from originally (I shall hassle the lad who sent
> it when he gets back from work) but I thought people might like to share it
> even when it's anonymous:
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> Oh, and afterwards, we lined up for this Hauro no ugoku shiro movie. It
> was the only screening where we were searched for videocameras, and the
> Palagalileo was filled to the brim in no time. Then they announced over
> the PA that we are about to witness the world premiere screening of the
> new Hayao Miyazaki movie. And they brought the lights down, but I'm
> sure you could've seen me glow in the dark, down there.
>  From the huge applause that greeted the Studio Ghibli logo, to the
> huger applause after the movie ended, I was afraid to blink and miss
> something. It's that good. Yes, it's a Diana W. Jones story, but it's
> total Miyazaki through and through. From the beautifully-realised
> steampunk world of 19th century Europe, to the amazing, gilliamesque
> Castle itself, to Howl, who fights his battles far away from our eyes,
> to the wonderfully funny Calcifer, the spirit of fire, to the central
> story of a plain 18-y-old girl who falls under a spell and is
> transformed into a 90-y-old, it's a huge procession of OMG OMG OMG and
> more squee from my rusty old heart than Johnny Depp, bless his soul,
> could ever entice. It took a really schmaltzy Japanese pop song over
> the ending scene and credits to make me snap out of it. Howl is as good
> as Mononoke or Spirited Away, even though it has a more unequivocal
> happy ending. I can't wait for it to be unleashed onto the world - and
> feel so pride to have been there.
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> Sounds as if it may be reasonably good.  Also sounds (as I rather expected)
> more Miyazaki than DWJ, so we'd better be forewarned not to worry about for
> instance Calcifer as a comic turn...
> Minnow
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