careful what you wish for
Director: Henry Selick
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn
French, Jennifer Saunders, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: PG (Some Scary Images)
Official Website: www.coralinemovie.co.uk
Opening Day: 29 October 2009
Henry Selick, visionary director of "The Nightmare Before
Christmas," and based on Neil Gaiman's international
best-selling book, comes a spectacular stop-motion animated
adventure – the first to be originally filmed in 3D!
Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she
finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of
her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel
reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people
in it – only much better. But when this seemingly perfect
world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her
Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever,
Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination
and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world –
and save her family.
is a very powerful thing – it can bring you to places
which you can only, well, imagine. Imagination is also a very
dangerous thing – it can transport you to realms so
terrifying, you will wish you never, well, imagined about
them. And imagination can often be visualised with the help
of movies – animated movies, in fact. Just look at where
animated pictures like The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
and Corpse Bride (2005) have brought its viewers to. A land
where ghouls and skeletons look chic and appealing? That can
only happen in animated movies. And here we have another film
which transports us to a world, well, two worlds to be precise,
which promise to give you a viewing experience you’d
if Henry Selick didn’t impress the world enough with
his Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas, he
joins forces with the mighty Neil Geiman to bring his graphic
novel to screen.
you find Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland weird,
this tale will probably blow your minds away. The titular
Coraline (she keeps telling people it’s "Coraline",
not "Caroline") is a young girl who walks through
a secret passageway in her new house and uncovers an alternate
version of her life, a version so alternative that it brings
her on an adventure she’ll never have imagined. This
parallel universe is eerily alike her life, only much better.
But things take a turn and her alter-life becomes dangerous,
and she may face the fate of staying stuck at the other side
of the door forever, Will Coraline get back home in time?
Will she save her family in time? And most importantly, will
she lead the happier life she has always wanted to?
know the answer to all these. And although you know there
will be a happy ending, you don’t mind sitting through
the 100 minutes of thrills and spills. It is even more fabulous
in 3D – climbing through the hypnotically purple passageway
with Coraline, seeing objects fly towards you in a beautifully
adorned concert hall, falling into a spider web trap where
things look too creepy to be true (our friends at the censorship
board gave a consumer rating of "Some Scary Images"
to this production, and trust us, they actually make sense).
These and more are just some of the images brilliantly conjured
up by imagination. This is the result of some very impressive
state of the art stop motion animation.
course, the engaging and ingenious creativity of Gaiman’s
story was the anchor for this. The result is a compelling
watch that is not short on sophistication. Identify the symbolisms
of objects and the cautionary message the filmmakers have
instilled in this clever family movie.
never mind that the filmmakers gathered some impressive voice
actors like Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders
and Ian McShane to voice some out of this world characters
like 'The Other Mother' (Hatcher), a frumpy old gramps and
a talking black cat. Yes, these are characters that would
only appeal in the world of animation.
inventiveness of this movie is pitch-perfect. You’d
actually believe that you are going on this perilously exciting
adventure with Coraline, and you know that you will be getting
home in time for your mother to tuck you into bed.
(With Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick on board, you know you
are in for a extraordinary fairy tale adventure)
Review by John Li