I saw this movie for the first time when I was in middle school--oh, so many years ago. I LOVE Miyazaki films, and this one was no exception to that rule. Some of the things I liked best include the airship, the spirit of love and peace that seems to ring true from the main character(s), and an idea of self-sacrifice to save others.
Now I want to watch this movie again. :) I did try to show it to my DH, but we started it really late after a long day, and both fell asleep on the sofa.