Howl's Moving Castle ★★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

This is in my top 5 favorite films. There is not much to be said other than it is beautiful, it is thoughtful, it draws you in. Even with its occasional, absurdly grotesque animation that is common in Ghibli films, the detail that is provided in every corner of every scene is immaculate. The characters are endearing and the changes they see are heartfelt. Along those lines, Sophie is one of my favorite characters of all time. It is uncommon to see a character have a heart of gold from the very beginning of the film, yet that is no excuse for her to avoid seeing change within herself throughout the duration of the story. Sophie never struggles to love others, even her enemies such as the Witch of the Waste. The change is loving herself, which is beautifully portrayed by her literal and metaphorical transformations.