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Friday, February 6, 2009

Review: CORALINE



Let's keep this short and sweet.

Coraline is the 4th film from Director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Monekybone), and it is based on a book by Neil Gaiman.



Coraline Jones has just moved to a new apartment complex with her parents in the middle of nowhere. Life is terribly boring, summer vacation is ending, and all the other neighbors in the complex are either very, very, old - or crazy. Her parents are writing a gardening book, and are missing deadlines, so they have no time for young Coraline. So.... Coraline goes to explore the house, soon finding a little door behind some wall paper. In opening the door, she sees that it has been bricked up, but later that night it calls to her - bricks removed, and revealing a tunnel. Emerging from the tunnel, Coraline sees that she is in a copy of her house, but everything is more colorful, and happy, especially her parents, who seem to devote each and every second of their time just to her. The one weird thing is - they all have black button's for eyes. Coraline falls instantly in love with the world, but it soon appears that everything is not exactly as it seems.

I absolutely loved Coraline. The story is fantastic, the art is amazing, and the stop-motion is some of the best I have ever seen. But as much as I loved it, I will say that this movie is not for everyone. It gets awfully dark midway through, and it is also pretty darn long. I would not be surprised if many kids freak out a bit at some of the themes. Also- the movie becomes a bit like a video game quest towards the end, which seemed a little weird to me, through probably unintentional.

But, Henry Selick is an amazing director, who can take a topic and display it in a way that no one else would ever think of, making each piece his own.

Also, the 3D is amazing. This is the first film to ever be made for 3D instead of just converting it in post production. The effect is amazing. The screen seems to dissolve, letting you into Coraline's world, instead of you just watching from the outside. Also, this is the first 3D movie I have seen where the picture wasn't blurry at anytime, or that I had to take my glasses of to refresh my eyes. I urge you all to see it in 3D.

I smell another DVD cult classic, much like Nightmare Before Christmas.

CORALINE is in theaters today!

And, by the way: Everyone who thinks this is a Tim Burton movie - IT'S NOT.








4 stars

2 comments:

Mark Donica said...

This movie is very win.

Jaccstev said...

The direction, the animation and the storytelling of this movie are all fantastic. Henry Selick is successful adapted this Neil Gaiman's cult to the screen with almost all its playful psychodrama intact. This film is "The Corpse Bride" with teeth.

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