So, in the spirit of the Nightmare Before Christmas, I convinced Jason to go with me to see the new movie, Coraline. I actually was unaware of the movie/book until shortly before our viewing, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I figured that with the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher and director Henry Selick (not Tim Burton as so many think!), of Nightmare Before Christmas, it should be a pretty decent movie. I think I may have set my expectations too high. . . But really, I enjoyed the movie, just may have come at it thinking it was going to be something that it was not. I definitely do not think that this movie, although rated PG, is completely kid friendly – it is quite the dark fairytale. There were some particularly disturbing images, particularly in Coraline’s alternate world and most involving her two female neighbors (why oh why were they wearing those costumes?).
It all starts when Coraline is shrugged off by her too-busy parents and finds a miniature door that leads to another world, where her devoted ‘other mother’ and ‘other father’ and their button eyes seem to replicate paradise for her (albeit, an unsettling paradise). Everything is more glitzy and fun in this new world, more than she could wish for it to be and she’s never bored. She’s almost ready to stay there for good when the reality of this too good to be true world sets in. Her ‘other mother’ wants her to stay there for good, and trade in her eyes for buttons. What once was a dream come true turns into a nightmare that Coraline can’t escape from. Coraline must rely on her smarts and talents to escape, rescue some other children and save her family.
I would like to read the book, because I feel like I had some questions about the plot and some of the ways the movie was wrapped up that were probably addressed there (anyone here in Austin have it that would let me borrow it?). Overall, this film is pretty impressive – the stop motion animation is pretty incredible. Definitely worth a trip to the theater (and now I wish I had seen it in 3D!).