CORALINE Review (2009)
On Friday, I finally decided to go and see the stop-motion film, CORALINE.
Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, about a girl who walks through a secret door in her new house and discovers an alternate and better version of her world and parents. Unfortunately, everything is not as it seems, and Coraline must find a way to escape this alternate world and her Other Mother, who wants to keep her there forever.
Coraline features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Terry Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and is directed and written by Henry Selick.
So how was Coraline? Well, it didn’t disappoint. Ever since I first saw the trailer, I was really excited to see the movie. I am a big fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas (also directed by Henry Selick) and so I had high expectations for Coraline.
First I need to mention how amazing the characters looked. Coraline and all the characters were remarkably fleshed out and it really allowed you to get into the movie. From the landscape, the clothes to the face expressions, I was pretty blown away by how good everything looked.
As for the story, while it is geared towards kids, I (a kid at heart) found it sweet and entertaining. And I even found myself wondering how it was all going to end.
Overall, I found Coraline really good and I definitely recommend it if you have kids (and even if you don’t). Plus the stop-motion is pretty amazing to watch.
You can watch the trailer for Coraline below.