Coraline (Rated PG)
Gavin Grade: A-
I recently read the review for this movie in Entertainment Weekly and they said that what's so perfect about "Coraline" is that it finds an audience in everyone. ¬†I would say that they're wrong and in fact it's the exact opposite; it may find an audience in no one. ¬†This new movie from director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas) is too childish for adults and way too terrifying for children. ¬†But that's not to say that the movie isn't great. ¬†When I went to see it, I saw it in 3D, which I'm pretty sure is the only way to see it. ¬†I can only describe seeing this in a theater in 3D as being a total¬†experience; an event. ¬†The fact that it's stop-motion claymation and is also in 3D makes it feel like you've stuck your head inside a moving¬†diorama, like those things you made out of shoeboxes in Elementary School. ¬†And the visuals that you see while inside these dioramas are stunning! ¬†That aside, the story is also fantastic! ¬†It's gothic and creepy, but still totally appealing to the kid in all of us that dreams of a better world. ¬†Of course that was easy to achieve in the movie since the book, by Neil Gaiman, has already been such a success. ¬†The acting was good too from the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher. ¬†The only flaw in "Coraline" was the script. ¬†It was written for the screen by Selick and the dialogue verged on downright idiotic...even for a kid's movie. ¬†Because of that, the movie feels every second of it's 101 minute runtime. ¬†However, I can forgive the script being so bad since you spend much of the time getting lost in the consuming worlds of the film. ¬†But be warned that those worlds are probably too scary for most young kids out there.