Movie Review – Coraline – Dark


Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She is befriended–or, as she sees it, is annoyed–by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky. After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.

I recently got around to watching Coraline, as a fan of Neil Gaiman it was something I was looking forward too.

And I have to say I wasn’t disappointed, Mr. Gaiman released the novella to quite some acclaim netting himself some awards in the process.

The book was faithfully reproduced in stop-motion animation and released as a film (novellas always convert better to movies due to the their non-epic nature). If you’re read American Gods or Anansi Boys, imagine trying to make them into movies?

Anyway Coraline is doing very on IMDB with a score of 8.1 and I’d imagine given some time it will enter the top 250.

It’s definitely one of the better animations made in our era, along with Wallace and Gromit of course!

The settings for the film are very atmospheric and it’s generally quite dark, it could be consider in the horror genre (not slasher or jumping out of your skin horror though).

It’s very subtle and menacing but spectacular too.

Remember be careful what you wish for!

Definitely 100% worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet, do it now!

I give it a button-eyed 9/10.




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11 Responses to Movie Review – Coraline – Dark

  1. eyeris June 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m gonna wait till it comes into cinemas in August and then watch it in 3D.

    And those who haven’t read the book… go read it for gawds sake!

  2. Mellissa June 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Pass the DVD! 😀

  3. Myhorng June 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    hmm. then i’ll wait for the 3D then.

  4. KY June 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I think it must be damn near impossible to make American Gods into a movie, but I’d imagine it to be along the style of The Wrestler or Memento

  5. Simon Seow June 24, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    I watched the trailer in 3D, damn nice.

  6. ShaolinTiger June 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    eyeris: 3D is gonna be awesome, the details in the film are spectacular.

    Mellissa: Tak ada DVD loh.

    Myhorng: It’s worth it!

    KY: Yah, it’d be a crazy movie. I hope they never degrade Snow Crash by making it into a movie either.

    Simon Seow: Yah? I wanna see also!

  7. trieiCrisis June 29, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    I’ve actually seen this in a e–hem .. pirated version somewhere… The point is that it is FANTASTIC!!! I love it. Well, but then again, I might be bias since I’m a huge tim burton fan and Henry Selicks’ style is close to it. 🙂

  8. Joey Logano Fan June 30, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    Coralline dropped a point on IMDB (darn it!) You are absolutely right it definitely has that dark element to it… which is refreshing in an animation. It was too bad I didn’t see it in 3D

  9. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    trieiCrisis: Heheh cool. Yah awesome film and yah someone reminiscent of Tim Burton style. Can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland!

    Joey Logano Fan: Ah well it may go up again!

  10. Erisha July 13, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    I enjoyed this movie a lot. Really do. I’ve watched it for like 4 times. And I can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland too.

  11. ShaolinTiger July 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Erisha: Yah looking forwards to that too!