I Saw the Best Critics of My Generation

Stephanie Zacharek of Salon doesn’t like the new Hayao Miyazaki film, Howl’s Moving Castle.

I felt ambiguous at the prospect of seeing this film: Miyazaki’s Princess Mo nonoke was epic, luminous, and put me to sleep, wheras the pacing of Spirited Away was just right. But Zacharek thought that Howl, based on the book by Diana Wynn Jones, was somewhat boring. Zacharek, helpfully, is always completely wrong about everything, so I’m taking that as a sign that Howl is probably pretty good, although not as good as it would have been had she thought it was a pile of unwatchable tripe.