Coraline by Neil Gaiman, is an animated motion picture in the style of A Nightmare Before Christmas.
I really enjoyed the film but had to look it up to see what Coraline is rated, because it was so creepy: it’s PG (Parental Guidance suggested). My suggestion is no young kids because this film is seriously creepy. And, I know people say that later in the show it is too creepy for little kids but I disagree. I say the show is the most creepy in the beginning scene.
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The first scene where you see the dolls being cut open and stuffed, felt extremely dark to me. It seemed a little too real. At least, I think it would seem too real for young children.
Of course, this movie was meant for middle graders and above and that’s fine. There’s no real violence, blood, or any gory graphics. It’s just, like I said, seriously creepy. So, if you like something on the darker side, this is perfect. And for kids older than 10-12, it would be a fun film to see with friends because it will definitely give them a few things to talk about.
I read the book, before I saw the film. So, I would have liked the cat to have a larger role in the movie rather than WhyB. But, I think the film stuck to the heart of the book very well. I loved how the Other Mother and her world started to unravel when Coraline (not Caroline) decided she’d rather go home than have a perfect life.
So many interesting conflicts going on in the book and the movie.
The creepiness of the hand was better in the book-but then I’m definitely a geek girl, who loves books more than movies so maybe I’m a little biased.
I would love to cyber-chat with others who see the movie. So, if you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought.
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