Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Coraline (A Review of the Film)

I recently rented and watched Coraline, the movie adapted from a Neil Gaiman novel by the same name. I was pretty impressed with the film, and it was quite pleasing to watch and experience.

The movie is about a young girl, Coraline, who moves into a new apartment-house. Her parents are both very busy working on their gardening catalog, which they hope to sell and make lots of money, so Coraline is left seeking parental love. She's also bored in her new place, surrounded by strange and quirky neighbors. A neighborhood kid gives her a doll that happens to look a lot like her, though it has buttons for eyes.

Things start getting strange for Coraline, and the line between reality and fantasy is blurred masterfully. The way the movie is filmed is aesthetically beautiful, yet slightly strange and twisted, reminiscent of Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride.

All in all, I liked the movie. The visual effects were amazing, the accompanying music fitting, and the story intriguing. It seems like a great movie for a child, as I imagine their eyes would be wide with wonder at what they are seeing. The movie is available in 3-d, if you happen to have glasses or something to watch it in, which could make it even more enjoyable. I can easily recommend this movie to you for a family film, or simply as a snuggle-up-and-watch-a-movie-together film, too.


Krista said...

Yeah, I just watched Coraline about a week ago and I really liked it too. My dad ended up getting the book for me actually, and I was planning on reading it soon. Have you read it? I've only read Neil's The Grave Yard Book and it was really, really good! That's the main reason my Dad got me Coraline...LOL!

I've never seen Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride because they always looked a little too weird. Are they pretty good, though?

Krista said...

Loved your video, by the way! Really cool!

logankstewart said...

I have not read Coraline, but if it's like any other Gaiman that I've read (American Gods and the Sandman series) then it's bound to be amazing. I read something about The Grave Yard Book a while ago and thought it seemed pretty cool.

Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic, and I heartily recommend it. Corpse Bride was worth watching, I remember, but I've only seen it once.

Thanks for liking my video, by the way.