Coraline in 3D (movie)

Monday, February 9th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
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This past Friday I went to see Coraline in 3D at the  Regal Dole Cannery Theatre.  We went to Spaghetti Factory near Ward first, actually (I had the spinach tortellini, which was delicious), and then we rushed off to Dole to make the movie.

I’d been anticipating this movie for a while now, knowing that Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite authors, wrote the original novel by the same name that the movie is based on.   Though I haven’t had a chance to read the original, I have read one of Gaiman’s other children’s books–The Graveyard Book; highly recommended–and loved that one.  I had high hopes for the movie.

It didn’t disappoint~  Stop-gap animation in 3D as realized by director Henry Selick and his crew was gorgeous in a way that seemed to subtly enhance the mood of the scenes.   Coraline’s version of Alice’s rabbit hole loomed quite eerily, and you can almost believe you could touch the half-open door on the other side.  It wasn’t at all about cheap thrills or the obligatory objects-flying-towards audience gimmicks found in Journey to the Center of the Earth.  It was just vibrant and charming and full of funny, engaging characters.

Having not read the book, I speak of the movie simply as a movie, and not as an adaptation.  I can’t say how well it measures up to the book or anything like that.  I can only say that the movie didn’t lose my attention for a single minute all the way through, and that it’s a movie that will likely be well-loved by children and adults alike for a long time.

Editedit: I’ve read that the book is creepier than the movie.  Must read sooon.

  • Nathaniel Wood

    3d movies are hard to come by but they are the coolest-:~

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