Rating: 4/5 stars
Based on: Coraline by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
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Review by Silas G.
Coraline is an exciting, stand-alone, animated movie. Coraline just moved into her new home and is curious to see what it really has to offer. While exploring, Coraline stumbles upon a door that takes her into an almost identical world compared to the one she currently lives in; the catch is that this alternate world is filled with the joyous wonders and wishes Coraline always wanted, but never experienced. It seems too good to be true and once she finally notices this, it was almost too late. Coraline is forced to use her wit and curiosity in order to escape from the world she thought she loved.
My thoughts on this movie are very high. I would give this movie a solid 4 out of 5 stars due to its great stop-motion effects, ultimately bringing the movie to life. The hidden meaning and overall lesson learned throughout this movie are great for both younger and older viewers. Even though this movie can be labeled as a kid’s movie, right off the bat the soundtrack and dark setting gives off a harrowing mood; this mood continues on for the majority of the movie, allowing the viewer to try and really understand what is occurring in this spine-chilling thriller. It can easily be compared to The Nightmare before Christmas due to its offsetting mood and dark appeal. Both movies have a protagonist that you can root for, and an antagonist that you oppose, but the decision really comes down to genre and your overall taste in a film.