Thursday, August 6, 2009
Speaking of spooky gateway drugs, an excellent animated movie that came out earlier this year was recently released to DVD, and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't already. Coraline is the tale of a lonely little girl who finds a portal to a parallel universe of sorts and learns just how much truth there is in that old adage, "Be careful what you wish for." It's based on a book by Neil Gaiman, and although I'm not familiar with the source material, I did read some Gaiman in high school, and I was particularly fond of the Sandman comics and his novel Neverwhere. I think this film does a great job of capturing his trademark blend of playful whimsy and creepy/fantastic atmosphere. I highly recommend the 3D version, which was pretty spectacular when I saw it in theaters (I can't attest to how well the effect will translate on DVD, unless you're fortunate enough to have a really, really large television...or a private screening room). The best endorsement that I can give this movie is to pass along an opinion that I heard that this is basically a "horror move for kids." Still, I think you're likely to enjoy it regardless of age - but if you can pass it along to a little one and help foster a love of creepiness, so much the better!