Coraline: Reviews Say Good Stuff

by Irma Arkus

Having no chance to escape to theatres and review the sucker itself, yet, I am just going to give you the summary of incoming reviews for Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline.”

Kurt Loder of writes: “this sophisticated stop-motion picture — literally years in the making — uses the latest visual technology to draw us deep into the complex layers of its animated world, where we marvel at the gemlike colors and swirling perspectives. Knowing that the picture was created one painstaking film frame at a time adds another dimension of wonder.”

While the visuals are exclaimed to be spectacular, it is really Neil Gaiman’s storytelling that does the job at creating a unique, frightening and engaging tale. Delfin Vigil of SFGate quotes director Henry Selick and gets a pretty accurate assesment of what makes Coraline different: “It seems like with children’s movies these days, if there is ever something truly evil or very dark, it turns out to be not so bad or it is easily defeated. For thousands of years, we’ve had storytellers warning the children, don’t go out in the dark or you’ll get eaten. Kids need to be in tune with that. Putting them in an artificial shell is not good. It’s unhealthy. And it stifles their imagination.” And Coraline does something else. Something entirely different.

James Verniere of Boston Herald calls the film a “delight,” while Jay Stone of describes a “magnificent and unsettling animated movie…a technical marvel and the most imaginative film in memory.”

So yeah. Another Neil Gaiman film that will win audiences everywhere worth watching.