Coraline (2009)

Experience a errily strange and fantastical animated journey like no other

"Coraline" has to be one of the most unique and interesting animated films ever made. Based off a children book, "Coraline" tells the story of a young girl whom wishes for a better life, after her parents decided to move outside into the country. Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is basically your average, curious, yet adventurous young lady, whom loves to explore and play all sorts of games. Unfortunately, feeling neglected by her own parents, whom are too wrapped up in their writing careers to pay much attention to Coraline. Needless to say, this causes Coraline to yearn for a better life, as she soon discovers a secret doorway, in her house, that unlocks the portal to another dimension. A dimension where the impossible is possible. Where magic and allure peaks around every corner. But most of all, where all fantasies come true. Indeed, Coraline truly feels she's found the perfect place to belong, outside her wretchedly boring normal life. However, what turns out to be magical wonder land full amazement, turns into a nightmare. As all is not what it seems in this magical realm. When Coraline turns down her Other Mother (the one from the magic realm) to stay there forever and abandon her real family, she soon discovers that this magical world, where fantasies come true, is nothing more than a cruel trick to lure her and trap her soul there forever. To make matters worse, the Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) kidnaps Coraline's real parents, so she must use every ounce of her resourcefulness and bravery if she ever wants to see them again, and set things right.

Out of all the animated movies I've ever seen, "Coraline" is by far one of the most unique since "Alice and Wonderland." Featuring amazing visuals that are unlike anything you'll ever see in other animated films. The stop motion animation is simply amazing, and quite breath taking. I couldn't believe my eyes, as the visuals will capture the imagination. Bringing back the inner child, in all of us, as one can't help but be in awe by it's amazing spectacle. Indeed, "Coraline" not only raises the bar of visuals, in a animated film, it redefines it. Raising it up to a whole new level; never before thought possible. A visual feast for anyone to see.

Plus, the story isn't that bad either. As the story not only invokes themes such as mystery, heart ache, bravery and adversity so well, the viewer won't be able to help but feel for Coraline's plight. Indeed, "Coraline" offers one of the most unique stories ever told; reminiscent of "Alice and Wonderland." Having the would be protagonist fall into a magical world, away from her mundane normal life, only to discover this wonderful new world is not what it seems. Realizing there is a much more darker presence lurking within this dark shadow world. That combined with the strong character development, where Coraline realizes what's truly important in her life, along with the visuals, will entrance and capture the heart of anyone who dare watches it. 

Even the voice acting was simply superb in the movie, as Terri Hatcher does an excellent job distinguishing the role of Coraline's mother, Mel Jones, with the role of the sinister Other Mother.  Not only is she able to make the characters sound similar, but she managed to give the Other Mother a underlining tone, that allows for the audience feel that there's not something quite right about her.  Even when she's trying to be nice to Coraline, making her the perfect antagonist in this movie.  Dakota Fanning is rather charming in her role, as the main protagonist, as she's able to bring her charismatic personality into the role.

Overall, "Coraline" is definitely one of best animated movies, I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.  As this film will stick with you, long after it's over.  Featuring great voice acting, visuals, and storyline.  This film is definitely a must see for anyone who loves animated films, or just loves movies.

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Wonderful review. The anime is FANTASTIC!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks again Paradise. Although I don't know if i would call it anime though. i think you mean animation. anime is usually a term used for japanese cartoons aka japanime. anyway, thanks for compliment again as it's always a pleasure hearing from you.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I'm not a big animation fan but I love that her name is not the norm of Caroline! It looks like a great watch and you always give justice to a movie..


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Ann. I appreciate the compliment. Yeah, I think Coraline is probably one the best animated movies I ever seen, so trust me, you won't be disappointed if you see it.

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