Friday, July 24, 2009
DVD Pick: Coraline
Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) adapts Neil Gaiman's graphic novel of the same name into the modern day Wizard Of Oz that is Coraline. The not-so-kiddie kid's flick is an animated spectacle (available on DVD in 2-D and 3-D format) packed to the brim with imagination and dazzling visual images. Dakota Fanning voices Coraline, the bored young girl who has just moved to a new town. She discovers a secret door in her dreams which leads her to an alternate world in which everything seems more than perfect. Her parents are magical, fun, and attentive. The food is delicious and always flowing. The neighbors are consumate performers who puts on special performances just for her. But as in every fairytale, her wonderland might just be too good to be true. Coraline is a sophisticated and surprisingly intense film suitable for older children and practically every adult. It's an imaginative dreamscape and a touching parable about being careful what you wish for. The thing to see now for anyone who is salivating over that in the works Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland.