Saturday, February 14, 2009

Coraline? Divine!: A Review

If you want a cinematic experience which takes your breath away, no matter your age, you HAVE got to see the animated film Coraline in 3D. I loved the Neil Gaiman book itself-- wickedly, fascinatingly, and fiercely imaginative. The film captures these qualities in ways that are mesmerizing. Go out of your way to see it in 3D. It's Ed Gorey on acid.
The plot is also quite interesting. A girl moves from Michigan to Oregon with her distracted and unsupportive parents. Their new apartment is in a worn down, rambling Victorian, turret and all, which has been divided into three apartments. Bored with her new surroundings, Coraline explores the place, discovering a parallel universe behind a small door with a skeleton key. I don't know about all of you, but I love the idea of a house with a secret door to parallel universe. Heck, I'll even take a door to a secret hiding spot. And the skeleton key-- when we bought the house in Islip, the front door key was a skeleton key-- which we promptly overrode with a dead bolt, though skeleton keys catch my imagination in a Gothic, Edwardian kind of way.
So go out and get yourself a ticket, and don't feel you need to tag along with a kid to enjoy this fast-paced visual experience.

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