You know, I loved Sandman and Death back in Eighth grade, early high school maybe. I can pick them up again now and still appreciate them, even find new things. I've read Good Omens two or three times, it's one of my favorite books. But by the time Anansi Boys rolled around I was just sick of it. It seems like all he puts out are rehashings of his early post modern deconstructions of old pantheons or sub par Alice in Wonderlands. There are some one offs out there sure, Mr. Punch, Signal vs. Noise. But I'm pretty sure Gaiman only had that one great story in him and he's done now told it to death.
Okay so this movie is...oh what's the word I'm looking for... Alright gimmie a second...I think I got...no, not that. Um...hmmm...lessee...how about...no, that's stupid! Oh wait! I got it!
Go see it. Now! Like, right now! Get off your ass and get to the theater. NOW! I don't CARE if the next showing isn't until 5PM. Grab the damn tickets and camp! I don't need to hear your whining, I need you hear you getting in the goddamn car and heading for the multiplex!
I saw it last night and it is highly impressive. Fun, a little bit scary, but most of all just a beautiful
I understand movies adapted from books have to make changes and adjustments when adapting
for film, and I've got no problem with that...though I could be nit-picky and say that there
were a couple of changes from the book that I found
entirely unnecessary (the biggest being the addition of the "Wyborn" character to the story),
but this is minor and doesn't really affect my love for the movie in the least.
It's great. Moonman is right. You do need to go see it. Now.
I saw this last night in 2D (is that what it's called?) and have no interest in adding an extra dimension.
I thought the film was very, very good and manages to do some things that the crop of commercial animated films from the last 10 years (and perhaps further) haven't managed to do.
I did feel the pacing was a little leisurely though.
Too much for my taste.
It's not that I don't like a slowly paced film because I do (I've watched that Jesse James film from beginning to end 3 or 4 times now).
I think the film could be improved a great deal if it were just a little snappier.
However, it's vastly superior entertainment to just about any other animated film I can think of.
It's the kind of film animators complain never gets made anymore.
What a great film! Visually, it's unlike a lot of thigns I've seen before and vastly surpasses anything Sellick has done to date. I love the style used for the character designs and the wolrd in general, with only a couple quibbles (I was thrown off a bit by the inclusion of a directly ON-model VW beetle in this very distinct-looking world).
I was very surprised by how hortrific the imagery gets towars the end of the film, particularly when Coraline is attmepting to complete her 4 quests...the twins were particularly unsettling. I really loved the metamorphases of the villain and the general breakdown of the landscape upon each subsequent visit to the world
I would in no way recoemmend this to parents of young children though....there are certainly some truly nightmare inducing images spattered throughout the film, and the last half-hour really is a full-on nightmare in and of itself
As for the story...I agree that the pacing is a little lsuggish, but it helps that everythignt hat's happening on screen is a real gem to look at. When it kicks it high gear in the third act it's a real nail-biter though. I thought that Coraline may have been just a tad too mean, in regards to the Weiby character (however that's spelled) especially, without much reason. It's not a deal-breaker for me though.
it's a bit disappointing to see how similar a lot of the plot points are to MIRRORMASK and that really echoes what Joseph_quick was sdaying about Gaiman
Overallthough, this is an incredible film and worth seeing in the theater, especially in 3D if you get the chance
amazing movie, very entertaining and inventive.
definitely a high point in both animation and
having said that, i don't think it was so much that
the ideas were familiar because they were a rehash
of mirrormask, but because they were a rehash of
things that have been done a million times by other
people. which doesn't bother me at all, the same
could be said about everything from LOTR to SW
(to the dare detectives, for that matter).
i happen to think that gaiman is one of many comic-
type writers who gets over-hyped as a certain sort
of writer, unfairly for and against them. then on the
other hand, writers like to return to certain ideas,
variations etc, so that's not surprising either.
i really enjoyed this movie, i even liked the 3D a lot
more than i was expecting. it makes me very eager
to see where selick goes next!
drugmassacre wrote: I thought that Coraline may have been just a tad too mean, in regards to the Weiby character (however that's spelled) especially, without much reason.
That was one of the things that made me like the film even more. I mean let's face it, most kids are brats, and I think they deserve props for making her a bit unpleasant without making her unlikable. That's a pretty thin razor's edge to walk on if ya think about it.