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½ June 21, 2018
Wonderful animation supplemented by genuinely interesting characters and a fresh, if strange and fairytale-esque, story. Every character from the Beldam to Coraline herself is wonderfully designed and painstakingly animated, as always Laika Studios does not disappoint. The color scheme, music, and general ascetics make for some of the most beautiful ambients ever to be seen on a screen, where even though it's stop motion, you feel immersed and to top it all off, it has a great message, that of family bonding and parental love.
June 14, 2018
As a young child in mercurial Oregon, Coraline's frightening journey provided me with profound insight and the audacity to face adversities with a grin.
June 10, 2018
Adventurously scary, Coraline teaches a valuable, nuanced lesson while delivering some of the best stop-motion work I've ever seen.
½ May 28, 2018
Review By: Doug Nau


Directed By: Henry Selick

Produced By: Claire Jennings

Written by: Henry Selick (Screenplay)

Based on the novel by: Neil Gaiman

Starring By: Dakota Fanning
Teri Hatcher
Keith David
Robert Bailey Jr.
John Hodgman
Jennifer Saunders
Dawn French
Ian McShane
Carolyn Crawford

Score Composed By: Bruno Coulais

Songs By: They Might Be Giants

Based on the 2002 novel by British author Neil Gaiman about A young girl named Coraline(Dakota Fanning)moves to an old house, who feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she finds the door and not bricked up, she then goes through the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother (Teri Hatcher)invites Coriline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home - and save her family.

Coraline is a great movie,The Story is very imaginative though very much like a creepy version of Alice and Wonderland with a little bit of The Chronicles of Narnia and you get a spine-chilling fantasy adventure. Although it's not quite as good as the book, but Henry Selick does the book justice and I highly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the book. It's no surprise since he was the guy who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, this was a perfect film for him.

My favorite character isn't the titular character Coraline to me the real star of the book is the Black Cat(voiced by Keith David) and they kind of cut down his part down quite a bit which i think is the movies big downfall. This is in part of the movies character addition of Wybie (voiced by Robert Bailey, Jr.), Although I must admit that his addition is well done and not one at was all that pointless but you feel that it would be good even if he wasn't in the movie because the cat is the most awesome character in the book.

The animation is so vividly stunning, and beautifully done its even greater that its stop motion animation which we hadn't seen in a while. My favorite animation sequences in the movie are the one scene after Coraline finds all three stone and the outside of the house flakes away into nothing but white is so cool, another would be inside the house near the end of the film when the floor transformed into a spider-web trap when Coraline tried to escape is so magical and the scene is pretty intense with the witch.
The cast does a very good job each suits the characters voice's very well, the standout is of course being Keith David as the Black cat his voice fits the character perfectly.Other notable cast is Dakota Fanning as Coraline, Teri Hatcher as Mother and Other Mother, Jennifer Saunders as Miss Spink, Dawn French and Miss Forcible, and Ian McShane as Mr. Bobinsky.

The Score composed by Bruno Coulais a French composer who I think were going to here about more often who does a very beautiful job with the score, one of the best score I've ever heard, with such haunting melodies as the "End Credits"; which Ironically is placed in the first track of the soundtrack then it was used in the film, "The Famous Mister B","Ghost Children","The Theater","You Know I Love You" and "Playing Piano".One music in particular uses as the theme for the character Coraline which is "Exploration".The Soundtrack even includes songs written by the band "They Might Be Giants" such as, "Other Father's Song", and "Sirens of the Sea" both are very whimsical and catchy, my favorite being the "Other Father's Song".

Overall its one of the best movies of the year, a very well made adaption of the novel while it not as good but still faithful to the book and won't have fans leaving in disgust.
April 28, 2018
Astoundingly clever and beautiful but frightening for young children (even months later they can't look at her button eyes)
½ April 13, 2018
Well, this sure was a doozy. I'd never seen Coraline before and I had high expectations as everyone told me that this move was great, horrifying, and beautiful. While it was very well done and one of the better animated films out there, I feel it lacked something that all great movies have: Audience Appeal. If I had seen this when I was in the target range for the rating such as 6-8, I would have been scared for life. Don't show this to your kids if they're under 10 years old. It was truly a beautiful and perfectly well done film, and I loved it.
½ April 8, 2018
I loved it. It's creepy but not too creepy! My brother read the book in grade school and says it's fairly close to the novel.
April 4, 2018
The animation is awesome-especially in 3D.Timeless and wonderful.Another Tim Burton masterpiece.Really love this movie.
March 29, 2018
Somebody's dark fantasy is incredibly put on display in the form of tarnished but lush world.
March 29, 2018
Very creepy. Made me a bit scared of my phone for a while
March 29, 2018
Not really a kid movie.
½ March 22, 2018
Stylistic horror delivers action and comedy
½ March 19, 2018
People have gone on and on about this film and I'm tired of hearing about it
March 17, 2018
Coraline is a dark fantasy claymation film that was released in 2009. It made a total of 35.6 million at the box office. It follows the story of Coraline, a young girl just moved to a new town. With no friends, and parents who pay no attention to her, she longs for a world where she is loved. After finding a secret door in her home, it transports her to a world where "Everything's better... but it's all a trap." Although it is rated PG, most do not consider it a suitable movie for children. This has caused some controversy over the movie, causing people to dislike it. However, the purpose of this essay is to show that coraline is a well made film because of its unique characters, meaningful theme, and it's animation.
Part of what makes "Coraline" such a good movie is the characters. There are so many unique and interesting characters in this story. Coraline, for example, is far from your everage eleven-year-old girl portrayed in film. Roger Ebert explains in his movie review of the movie that, "She's unpleasant, complains, and has an attitude". It is refreshing to see a contrast from the happy-go-lucky little girl that most films portray. Another great character, frightening as she is, is the Other Mother, also known as the Beldam. Ebert states that, "'Coraline' is disturbing not for gory images but for the story it tells. That's rare in itself: Lots of movies are good at severing limbs, but few at telling tales that can grab us down inside where it's dark and scary." It takes a very well made character to be so terrifying without falling back on the use of gore. A lot of skill is required to create such dimensional and interesting characters, and they are what help bring this story to life.
The theme "Be careful what you wish for" is shown through the startling film, as Coraline soon realises that this "magic world" she wished for is anything but a paradise. Although Coraline's life could be better, she lives in a good home, with all the basic necessities, and her life could certainly be worse. Wishing for this utopian world where everyone worships her is what brought the curse of the Beldham upon her. By the time that she realizes that she wants no part of this sinister world, it is too late, and the Beldham has her in her trap. Not wanting to become one of the Other Mother's "dolls", she makes a deal with her and is able to save herself, her parents, and the lost souls that had been imprisoned. Not only is this film able to show the theme in a striking way, but it is also able to be resolved to give viewers a sense of conclusion.
Anyone who has viewed this film can concede to the fact that "Coraline" has beautiful animation. After 83 weeks of filming, this stop motion claymation film was brought to life. Being the first film of its kind to be offered in 3d, it took a even deeper step to pull viewers into this dark world. Not only is the cinematography aesthetically pleasing to watch, but it helps set the mood of the entire film. Every scene helps bring about the gloomy, uneasiness of the film. Even in scenes where the other world is made up to be a bright, beautiful place, the style and animation make it hard to trust that this place is truly harmless. It is easy to observe all the hard work put into making this film what it truly is - a masterpiece. With years in pre-production and filming, it is difficult to not be in awe at every scene.
On the other hand, some people say that "Coraline" is a bad film because it is scary, and marketed as a children's film. This point of view makes sense because the film is rated PG, and it is quite terrifying at times. However, the official genre of "Coraline"is a fantasy thriller. In the rating it says that there are frightening images. Parents should be well aware of what kind of movie they are having their children watch, and know their child well enough to know whether or not they would be able to handle the content in the film. A. O. Scott explains in his review of the film that, "the cultivation of fright can be one of the great pleasures of youthful moviegoing." Many children enjoy a bit of a scare, so it is unfair to judge a film based on the ignorance of parents.
There are many elements of 'Coraline" that make it such a great movie. The characters are very unique, and make the story interesting. The theme holds a good lesson and is portrayed through the film very well. The animation helps show the mood of this film, and makes it aesthetically pleasing. It is important that we give "Coraline" the credit it deserves, instead of just blindly assuming that it is a bad film. It is important to make decisions for ourselves, and go into anything - movies, classes, etc - with an open mind. Otherwise, you may miss out on something very extraordinary.
½ March 16, 2018
Nice & funny and few scary
March 15, 2018
not for all ages but for all family
½ February 11, 2018
In the spirit of Tim Burton, the world of Coraline requires a certain amount of willingness on the part of the viewer to come along for the eccentric ride. But once you give in to the quirky world (and the second world that further awaits) you'll be treated to an entertaining and girl-empowering story that, while not perfect, is an entertaining journey.
February 3, 2018
One of my personal favorites. Soundtrack is amazing!
February 3, 2018
I love this movie! It is visually entertaining. This movie may frighten young viewers. The movie is very dark and creepy. Instant classic!
January 15, 2018
Just to be upfront here, I love Coraline. I loved the book, and the movie may be even better. I used to count it among my top 10 favorite movies until Laika's next movie, ParaNorman, dethroned it. Even so, this is an incredible movie. All the more incredible due to the fact that I used to hat stop motion animation. I always found it unpleasant and creepy. I hated James and the Giant Peach, and Nightmare Before Christmas is just okay. Here, it's definitely creepy, but it doesn't have that pervasive unpleasantness the other two had and the creepy is used appropriately in the story. It never feels like too much. It's intense for sure, the second half is basically a horror movie, but it still holds a charming quality and childlike charm to it. It's ultimately a basic grass is always greener/love what you got story, but it's done with such a bizarre and pervasive creativity that it feels wholly original. If I have any complaints I'd say maybe the ending with her parents could have been a little stronger, and the climax turns a bit too action-heavy whereas in the books it was more about her wits, but these hardly ruin the experience and I'm really stretching to find problems here. I love this movie. The animation is gorgeous, the story is insanely creative, the voice acting is pitch perfect, the music memorable and tonally suitable, it's a damn-near perfect movie in my book.
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