It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

Japan’s Studio Ghibli are renowned for their classic, hand drawn and painted animation. With Howl’s Moving Castle, they proved that they could do the modern computerised thing just as deftly – without losing any of their captivating art style’s beauty.

It’s all set in a world that’s as magical as it is steampunk. A war is raging with another kingdom, and our titular wizard Howl is basically a lover not a fighter. A young milliner gets caught up in his web, causing her to be turned into an old woman by the nasty old Witch of the Waste. So begins an adventure involving a sentient fire, a sentient scarecrow, a seemingly sentient castle… Look, it’s weird, but it’s completely wonderful!

Howl's Moving Castle

Four reasons why Howl’s Moving Castle rocks:

1. The incredible castle, and the something in the way it moves.

2. Fiery fire demon Calcifer.

3. The beauty and creativity in every frame – even the ones of war machines and hatred.

4. It’s possibly the most captivating war protest you’ll ever see – creator Miyazaki was inspired to make this due to his opposition to the Iraq invasion of 2003.

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.