Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Movie Review - Coraline

Coraline is one of the best movies i've ever seen. I'm a bit of a sucker for animated movies because I am a fan of the process and I think it's a dieing art. Films like Coraline are, not counting Robot Chicken, the last of what is left of the stop motion animation technique of animating. The story is about a young girl who has just moved into a new apartment house with her family. Her parents are way too absorbed in their work with making a catalog that they don't pay much attention to Coraline and brush her off to be more involved in their work. This leads her to search around the house and she discovers a small door in the living room that opens up and beckons to her in the middle of the night.
In this door she finds an alternate reality of her world where her parents are loving and nurturing and constantly are giving her attention and delicious food, an amazing garden, and treat her the way she's always wanted to be treated. As things move on, Coraline finds that she is not allowed to leave that world anymore and things start to get really creepy and dangerous for her. The other mother turns into an evil witch who takes children's eyes and keeps them locked away forever.
This movie had me intrigued the whole way and i hoped it wouldn't end. I am astounded at how well they use stop motion and they way Coraline shows emotion is just too realistic. She acts just the way a real little girl would. I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it to all.


+Great story, characters
+Beautifully animated
+Engaging and a feast for the eyes
-Couple times there is slight slowdown and blur when a character moves almost as if the animation didn't go perfect and they had to fudge it to match the voice.

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