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.