I must say that I highly enjoyed the movie. It's been long enough since I read the book that I'd forgotten almost all of the details, so it was fresh to me again. And now I'm looking at my bookshelf and trying to find the book. I am worried because I do not see it, but it's probably in the back row behind the Harry Potters.
Um. Calcifer is by far my favorite character in the movie. He cracks enough wise to amuse me, but there's a mystery to him, too. Oh, and the Witch of the Waste in the second half of the movie amuses me, as well. She's just a bitch in the first half, though. :|
I have seen complaints that Miyazaki turns the book into a big political commentary on war, but that's just his style. He tends to pick a different cause and wax on it in every film. *shrug*
All told, I liked it. And now I have added another book to my To-Be-Read pile. As if it wasn't big enough. *rolleyes*