Okay. We are 29 days into January, but only 12 new films. Yeah, I can do the math too. I have a lot of catching up to do.
In my defense, I’ve been reading a lot of pilot scripts and writing…but, I still want to get back on track with this ‘resolution’, so yay, new movie.
I had two problems with “Coraline.”
First, I hate rules that aren’t fully explained. I get that there’s this pathway between the real world (RW) and the ‘Other Mother’s’ world (OMW), but apparently the only way through is from the small door. Still, Coraline manages to transport from OMW back to RW when she goes to sleep.
Later, they establish that OM can’t get into the real world EXCEPT THROUGH THAT DOOR. So, which is it? I’m probably picking nits, but it bugged me enough to take me out of the movie and try to figure out if I had missed something earlier on that explained that or if I was just supposed to accept this weird little rule change.
The other problem I had was one of Coraline’s character. I’m still scratching my head about the girl. Overall I feel that Gaiman wrote a beautiful story about being careful what you wish for (as you may get a psychotic version of it), but there was something about Coraline’s behavior throughout that just didn’t ring true. OMW starts off so great, you wonder why Coraline goes back to the RW at all (and again, with the rules — DOES she go back voluntarily or is she magically transported back to her bed? Is she sleepwalking?) Once she detects that things are going hinky, she’s a little slow to respond, especially given how generally bright Coraline appears to be. I’m also confused about OMW – does she have power over everything she creates there? If so, how are the other Wylie and her other dad able to rebel as they do? One would think they are merely ‘puppets’, but what gives them conscience to help Coraline?
Also, there can never be enough Ian McShane. Like the proverbial cowbell, I needed more.
I enjoyed the visuals, but the film left me wanting.
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This post was written by Shawna on January 30, 2010