donderdag 6 april 2017

100 Movie Challenge 2017 - # 48: Coraline

Director: Henry Selick
Genre: Animation/ Fantasy
Runtime: 101 minutes
Year: 2009
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, Ian McShane

Description: Coraline, an adventurous girl, finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Review: There are only a few actual children’s movies. “Coraline”, a stop motion animation by Henry Selick, can be very terrifying for kids at times. Kids will like it, but I think it’s more targeted at an older audience. The story is sometimes cynical and some characters are really unlikeable. This is fresh: no sugar sweet story and happy families with satisfied children. I loved “Coraline” because of all this.
Coraline isn’t your typical children’s story hero. She just moved. Her mom and dad are constantly working and Coraline had to leave her friends in a more fun town. But imagination helps a lot. Coraline discovers a secret door in her new house. This door gives her an alternative reality. Everything is better on the other side: her parents are more fun, the food tastes better. But this reality has a lot of dark secrets.
The message in this movie is deeper. It doesn’t talk down to children, because it’s a lot more complex. It expects more from the viewers. I think a lot of kids can relate to Coraline.
“Coraline” looks stunning, the stop-motion technique amazes me every time. The love that they put into those movies. I really can’t fault “Coraline”. I really want to know how I would’ve experiences this film as a child.

Rating: 5/ 5

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