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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Movie Review:Coraline

Premise:A young girl bored with her life wanders into a seemingly better world.

Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones, Teri Hatcher as Mel Jones and the Other Mother, John Hodgman as Charlie Jones, Robert Bailey Jr. as Wyborn "Wybie" Lovat, Keith David as the cat, Ian McShane as Mr. Bobinsky, Jennifer Saunders as April Spink, Dawn French as Miriam Forcible

Director:Henry Selick

MPAA Rating:
PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language, and suggestive humor

Horror, fantasy, animation

Based off the book by Neil Gaiman (which I have not read). Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Impressive animation. The villain. Very creepy.

A couple obnoxious characters.

We've all had a point in our lives when we were sick of how things are. We want adventure, something more exciting than what's happening. And Coraline Jones may have just found something. Something better.

Even if you haven't seen the previews, you've probably guessed there's more to this "better" world than meets the eye. And it's pretty creepy considering the way they fawn over her (anyone else thinking of child molesters?). I'll try to avoid a lot of spoilers, but the villain in this movie is freaky, in a good way. In fact, it's a lot closer to a PG-13 movie than a G. Like the nightmares of a child, an adult, and an arachnophobe all mixed into one. Keep that in mind if you've got young kids.

Considering that this is all stop-motion, not computer animation, it's kind of awesome how they did this. But on the minus side, a couple of characters were sort of annoying. Coraline's mom came off as a jerk. Coraline herself was a bit of a brat as well.

Overall, it's pretty good and rather creepy. If you're in the mood for a little non-gory supernatural horror, check it out.

Sex:Two old ladies dress up, one showing cleavage/midriff (prompting Coraline to say she's practically naked) and the other everything that isn't R-rated. Both sing about seduction and slam the other's body. Another woman shows cleavage as well. Coraline accuses Wyby of stalking her. A man's belly sticks out under his shirt.

The opening scene shows needle-and-spider-like hands taking a doll apart. A boy's mouth is stitched into a freakish smile. A cat kills a mouse by chomping it. A man performs some dangerous physical stunts. He nearly hits his crotch on Coraline's clippers. A cat scratches someone's face. Someone breaks a mirror with their hands.
A creature expresses a desire to sew buttons into a girl's eyes. Someone is killed offscreen, their clothes put out on display. A child is thrown down a well. Monsters attack a girl. A guy on a motocycle nearly hits someone. He later crashes.

Drugs/Alcohol:Mrs. Jones calls Bobinsky a drunk. Coraline later says he isn't, he's just eccentric. Spink asks if Forcible wants some gin in her lemonade, getting a yes.

Language/Insults:One crap and 3 uses of G*d. Mainly insults like wuss, Why-were-you-born, brat, jerk wad, vermin, etc. Also cripes Almighty, whatever that means.

Gross stuff:Wybie says his cat sometimes brings him dead things. He picks up a slug and plays around with it, pretending to eat it, using it as a fake mustache, and pretending it's a booger. Coraline's dad talks about a rash on his butt. Coraline finds bugs in the shower (squishing a few) and gets soaked by dirty water. She also finds day-old groceries. A chicken-popcorn maker operates by making the chicken peck at the kernels and, ahem, excrete popcorn. A couple of people burp. Someone eats a bug.

Coraline uses a dowsing rod to find a well. Wybie calls her a water witch. A rhyming prayer is said. Spink and Forcible dress their deceased Scotties in angel costumes. They also read tea leaves while wearing a turban with an eye on it. A couple characters reference goddesses and enchantresses. They also quote that man is not unlike an angel or a god.
The Other world has some implicit magic going on. Trapped ghosts appear. Spirits become angels.

So what was your opinion?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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