“Coraline” is a 2009 fantasy film based on the book by Neil Gaiman. As a kid I would have easily jumped at the chance to see this, but as an adult I was skeptical for a few reasons…
The story: Coraline Jones moves to a new house with her parents. This house is rather large and has been divided for various tenants. It doesn’t take long for the young and curious Coraline to discover a door that ironically has a brick wall behind it. She later returns to find a passageway behind the door that leads to something of an alternate universe. Here she finds a flat like that of her current one, and discovers her “other” parents (who look the same except for eyes made of buttons). Coraline is very fond of this new world, for it seems to be so much better than her normal one. But soon things turn “dark”, and Coraline wants nothing more than to return to her real home.
I was originally skeptical because I didn’t know how well the film would relate to the book, how well an animated version would be, and the fact that it’s a kids movie in general.
Evaluation: I had to admit that I was very impressed with how well this movie did in relation to the book. I read Coraline a long time ago, and this film visualized the book in many of the same ways I once did in my head while reading it (this RARELY happens when a book is made into a movie). I just love the feeling I get from viewing “Coraline”. It takes me back to my younger days and my overly creative imagination that I had, especially when reading a book. This film seems to have no creativity boundaries, making it a spectacular piece of work.
My favorite aspect of the film is the creepy vibe it gives off. “Coraline” is definitely meant to be creepy and strange, and the film makers did a superb job illustrating this. All I can say is Kudos!
My only issue is with the “weirdness” linked to this film. Only a few minutes in and you will be raising one eyebrow, saying “really?” or “what the hell?” If you can overcome this feeling though, then I think you will enjoy the film as much as I did.
Emotion: 9/10 (I am going to consider this to be more of the feeling you get from watching the film)
Total Abstract Rating: 95% It’s definitely an “A” film, just with some “weird” thrown in.
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