I meant to post this up a couple weeks ago. There was a blizzard earlier up where I lived about two weeks ago and I was out of school for about a week and a half. One day, out of sheer boredom, I decided to see this movie on Starz or HBO (one of the two). I didn’t get a chance to see it in the theaters, and I don’t know why I didn’t go see it.
This film is based off the Neil Gaiman, who wrote novels such as The Graveyard Book and Stardust and co wrote the epic “Beowulf,” and is directed by Henry Selick of “Nightmare Before Christmas” fame. The film follows Coraline, a young girl, who moves into a new house with her unfair parents. While exploring the house she comes across a small door, but it doesn’t lead to anywhere. Late at night however, she discovers the a portal opens up and leads her to a world where her “Other Mother” and “Other Father” live. Everything seems like a dream come true, right? Well as the film goes along we see it isn’t that way after all.
From the very beginning to the very end, I was into the movie. You fall in love with this character Coraline, played by the newly grown up Dakota Fanning, and you care for her and worry for her.
The animation is great. This is one of the few films made today using stop motion animation, and it is still amazing to this day.
This film is very scary. And I was surprised at how scared I was by it. There were moments with the other mother that creeped me out. This is probably the first time I’ve been scared by a movie that was non-horror since Lord of the Rings with the Ringwraiths.
I love how this film has references to other fantasy movies. I got a sense of a lot of “Pan’s Labyrinth” in the film, and that’s a good thing. Also several films like Alice in Wonderland and Narnia.
What the hell do you mean bad?
Coraline was an amazing film, almost as good as Up (and that’s saying a lot). It has all the things a great animated film needs and much more. It’s scary, it’s funny, it’s beautiful. This is one of the best fantasy films I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it, what the hell are you doing reading this review, get out there now!
Now, goddammit, NOW.
I give Coraline a 9.5/10.