Media Monday: Coraline

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Title: Coraline
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Henry Selick
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Childrens
Summary: [from IMDB]

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

My Review:

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Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors from high school – I read just about anything he wrote and several of his works hold places on my “favorites” list. While Coraline never quite made it that high, I was really excited for the movie. The only other movie adaptation of one of Gaiman’s works that I’d seen was Stardust and it is an all time favorite movie of mine – even though the book isn’t at the top of my Gaiman favorites. So, I was incredibly excited to see what they did with Coraline, hoping it would turn out just as well.

Unfortunately… it didn’t. I don’t know if it’s just because I hyped it up in my head or what, but I went in expecting “AMAZING” and got “pretty typical” instead. It has a decent storyline with a good lesson, but it didn’t inspire me to watch it over and over again. Maybe I am growing out of kids movies!

That’s not to say the movie was terrible. I thought the animation was pretty good, and some of the characters were pretty unusual and imaginative. As a kid I probably would have found it terrifying – but compared to the book I wasn’t scared at all! Basically, this movie is great for kids, but otherwise, watcher beware!

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5 Responses to “Media Monday: Coraline”

  1. Alexa Y. says:

    Yes! I preferred Stardust (movie) over Coraline, even though I thought the animation for Coraline was adorable. The way Stardust was filmed was AMAZING and CAPTIVATING and I loved it a whole lot more than the book!

  2. I liked the animation in Caroline, but I thought it’d be better than it was too.

  3. I felt pretty much the same way you did about Coraline! I adored the animation and really liked the plot (and the creepiness level; it’s not every day animations scare you), but it didn’t make me want to watch it over again. I’m sure my younger sisters would disagree with me (I still prefer my action movies, thank you very much), but yeah.

  4. I might be an adult now (wow, how did that happen so quick?) but I still love movies for “kids” I’m obsessed with Disney and other animation movies, so yeah, I kind of loved this one :)

  5. Aww … I’m sad you didn’t like this one more! I love all versions of Coraline and think that they did a great job of making this into a movie. I do like kids movies once in a while. :)

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