Movie Review: Coraline
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 5 months ago
PL's Archive: Written Feb 16, 2009
The only way I can sum up my feelings regarding ‘Coraline’ is simple… I loved it! Animated films have gone in a unique direction these days and no matter how you cut it, they have the capabilities to touch one’s soul. There’s something appealing about these gothic-like digital cartoons that have been produced these days that has something for everyone… from kids (major appeal) to adults (story-lines, themes etc). I myself have a bit of a “dark-side” that’s hidden and I have a ball with it. I found ‘Coraline’ to be crisp, creative, visually enticing and the fact that the version I saw was in 3-D, enhanced my interest even more. It’s also no surprise the kind of style seeing it’s Henry Selick and my thoughts are if you enjoyed “Monkeybone” or “Nightmare before Christmas”, there’s no doubt this one would be on your list of must see. The effect on this film lays on what I think most children nowadays might feel like when having feelings of being outcast in ways within an extremely busy family or limited existing friends or in most cases acquaintances… a mental search for a place where one can seek out their would be happiness and find themselves toying with many thoughts of balancing their real life versus a magical one and the challenges when confronting that very famous saying of “Be careful what you wish for…”. This piece covers it all in a way of which might not be a cute Disney approach, but keeps the mind(s) attracted with emotional suspense and wonder.
To fill in a bit, what’s embarked on when viewing this film is the following… A young girl by the name of Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) enters a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel’s reality happens to be similar to her real life – only much better accommodating her line of interests. But when her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother [Teri Hatcher]) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her will of resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and wind up saving not just herself, but her family as well.