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Coraline 3D

Movie Coraline 3D
Director Henry Selik

Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French

Coraline reminded me of the children's stories of my youth. I remember being in the large library that opened up in Dublin city's Ilac centre sitting in the young adult section and reading many stories like this. Until I saw Coraline, I wasn't aware in myself how much the telling of stories has evolved to keep up with the modern age of video games, TV, books, movies and all other media. If you were to compare the writing of J.R.R.Tolkien to J.K.Rowling it might give you a sample of what I'm talking about. Obviously there are good and bad stories in both eras, but I wonder if it was a conscious decision to bring us back to a time when a writer could write original material that was refreshing and appealing to all without too many obvious influences or studio pressure weighing it down. Coraline is a beautifully simple, but eccentric story about a young girl who like a lot of only children with not too many friends and parents with no time for her, just wish for something better. She is young and wide eyed despite her gruff outer personality which defends her inner angst. She discovers a parallel world in the house the family rent for the summer to write a travel guide, where everything seems better, and although you can see from the start that she realises all is not right, she continues to delve further and further as she believes it to be better than the world she leaves behind. In this world, her parents are there and inanimate objects come to live in this more bright and vibrant place, yet the eyes of everything inside are traditional looking coat size buttons. On her travels she meets 2 other ladies who occupy the downstairs section of the house played by French & Saunders, and a reasonably insane gymnast who occupies the loft. These characters add significant depth and humour in both worlds. She is also accompanied by a cat who's motives are not obvious from the start and a timid boy who is much more frightened by her than she is of him. The animation is typical of Selick's earlier work, it is notable that everything that appears on screen in real and not CGI. The 3D element is not as noticeable as in the excellent Monsters vs Aliens for example, but is seamless and more subtle. I can't recommend this highly enough for children, above a certain age of course, but as an adult I found this engrossing and deep while never taking itself seriously even slightly. If that doesn't make sense, go see the film and I hope you love it as much as I did.

This movie scores 8.3/10