Sunday, February 8, 2009

CORALINE - The Movie

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.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know, stop reading NOW.

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.


Cate Gardner said...

I haven't seen the movie yet (have read the book thought) and agree, it's far to scary for my niece.

Angela Ackerman said...

I've read the book, which was fabulous. I can't wait to see the movie!

Rena Jones said...

I've seen clips to this before. Looks interesting.

Kimbra Kasch said...

The movie was fun. Both my boys love animation. So Jake, me and my husband went to see it together.

If you go see it, come back and let me know what you thought.

Christina Farley said...

Man, even the cover is creepy!

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for the heads up on the scary factor, my kids are probably not ready for it yet! Would love to read the book too before seeing it!

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

I'm planning on seeing it this week with my oldest. Have to get my hubby to watch the other two cause they are too young and scaredy cats!

I will come back and let you know what I think. I loved the book so am excited about the movie!

Kimbra Kasch said...

Ello: I'm anxious to hear what you think.

Clementine said...

I've posted a bunch about this on my blog. When I spotted Neil Gaiman at the conference last week, I wanted to tell him all about Caroline's nightmares. We need more censorship in the theater. Parents see the rating of G and tote their babies to whatever is playing. It is very creepy. We first saw the trailer for it back in December when we saw the Tale of Despereaux. You should have heard the comments of the other parents around us. Coraline's button eyes have freaked my Caroline out!