13_pines (13_pines) wrote,

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Creepy button eyes are creepy.

I watched this movie three weeks ago but never posted about it, and of course LJ has been acting wonky recently so I wasn't really able to do so until tonight anyway.

Coraline (2009)
Directed by:  Henry Selick
Screenplay by: Henry Selick (based on a book by Neil Gaiman)
Starring the voice talents of:  Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane, Keith David

I should preface this by saying that I am not a usually a fan of stop-motion.  I just find it weird and unsettling for some reason.  However, the animation in this movie was very well done, but the plot itself was what I found kind of creepy:

Coraline Jones (Fanning) moves with her mom (Hatcher) and dad (Hodgman) into an old house that has been converted in apartments.  Feeling ignored by her too-busy parents, Coraline goes exploring in the house and finds a secret door.  On the other side, she discovers a parallel world where her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" (also Hatcher and Hodgman) live, and where everyone has black buttons for eyes.  At first this new world seems ideal compared to her real life, but things are not as they seem.

I think the main lesson in the film is to be careful what you wish for.  Oftentimes, when something sounds like it's too good to be true, it usually is.  It's actually a great message, but it's told in a way that is a bit disturbing.  The movie's rated PG, so I feel like the target audience for it was probably kids between the ages of 7 and 13.  I mean, if it freaked me -- an adult -- out, then it's likely to do the same for a kid, right?  But, hey, maybe I'm just a weenie! ;-)

I don't know what to say...the film was good, but I will definitely never look at dolls with button eyes in the same way again. *shudders*
Tags: movies, watchlist 2010

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