Under Review: ‘Coraline’


Henry Selick’s “Coraline” is a very twisted story. From animation to voice acting, there aren’t many aspects that really allow the viewer to feel comfortable. It’s everything we could ever expect from the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

This story follows a young girl dealing with common boredom or “teenage depression.”

Early on, she discovers a passage to a world quite the opposite of her own. The contrast between the two results in a series of creepy occurrences and a touch of dark humor.

The common misconception I fell victim to was the assumption that Tim Burton was involved with this project. When I realized Henry Selick was the director being promoted in the advertisements, I felt a little betrayed. I was very wrong.

Selick’s vision is incredibly unique. Sure, some may say that it’s been done before with his most notable project, but this time he was working with a very layered story.

There are twists that could be predicted near the beginning, as with most movies, but they still come off as enjoyable. This is not just another “Nightmare” rip off.

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7 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. Vanna #

    Hmmm, sounds interesting and here I thought it was just a kiddie story. I will have to check it out.

  2. John Popa #

    “Coraline” is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman so the twisted ideas are his, more than Selick’s.

  3. Jon #

    Gaiman certainly wrote a creepy story. What got me the most was the animation and acting.

  4. Kat #

    I think I may pass on this one. Sounds a bit odd for me. Thanks for the info! You saved me some money.

  5. 5

    Not my cup of tea, either.

  6. zakk #

    this movie is an work of art I love the animation in it but an little to gothic for younger ones and mid scary.

  7. Rob #

    I’ve heard several people say this is a very-adult kids movie. And I must say that I’m intrigued now. Will probably check this out soon.