Friday, February 13, 2009

Must Watch: Coraline 3D

Brilliantly animated in stop-motion, and filmed in 3D, Coraline is a visual treat. Me and Nithya saw this movie last weekend. We both enjoyed the movie very much.

Newly arrived in Oregon from Michigan with her mother (Teri Hatcher) and father (John Hodgman), she feels ignored by her stay-at-home, workaholic writer parents. Father, hunched over his PC, is a mild, preoccupied sort; but Mother has no milk-drop of the maternal instinct.

Left on her own, Coraline wanders through the huge old house, now divided into several large apartments, to meet the other residents: Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane), an eight-foot-tall blue Russian who runs a circus of more-or-less trained mice; and Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French), a pair of venerable theatrical troupers endlessly recounting their glory days in the music hall. Coraline also meets a boy her age, Whybe Lovet (Robert Bailey Jr.), the grandson of the grande dame who owns the place, and a talking cat (Keith David) with dark secrets he eventually spills.

For Coraline, the big secret is behind a small locked door. Like Lewis Carroll's Alice and the Narnia children (and, by now, far too many tyke heroes of fairy tales), Coraline goes through the doorway into another realm. It's a long, oddly uterine passage that leads to an apartment exactly like her new home, and with identical parents — except for two things. The weird news: Other Mother and Other Father have buttons for eyes. The better news: these cheerful folks instantly dote on the little girl as if she were the center of their universe. How lovely to see you! Have some cake! Let us tuck you into bed. Coraline thinks she's lucked into paradise: that she's escaped the loneliness and numbing drudgery of real life, where she's either an obstacle or invisible, and discovered her mirror home, her ideal parents, an Opposite World where she feels wanted, pampered and, for a change, happy.

"You probably think this other world is a dream come true," the Cat tells Coraline. "But it's not." He's right.Soon, Coraline is in terrible danger.

The illusion of depth through the 3D glasses is awesome. It doesnt go for too many gimmicks also, like the insufferable "Magic Magic" (malayalam).

Stop-motion is an exacting form of animation in which puppets are posed in a scene, then photographed for a single frame, then moved ever so slightly, then photographed again — and 100,000 or so frames later, presto, you have a feature film. It's been around from the beginning of cinema, since 1898, and for the patient artists behind the scenes, it must seem it takes about that long to finish a movie.But the patience pays off. The results are movie magical. The fear and terror are real. No way i am going to crawl into a trapdoor leading to some other world.

These days i have begun to put my belief in It's tomatoemeter (the more the better) can really tell you which films are the good ones. It takes the avergage of good reviews/total reviews to arrive at the figure. There is a chance you might like the 40%s and 50% movies (For eg.I liked Yes Man-43%) but its damn sure you would like the more-than-70% movies. Some of these 'fresh picks' recently are: Bolt-87%. Slumdog Millionaire.94% Wrestler.98% Luck By Chance-60% Coraline-87%.

One last word. This film is availble in both 2D and 3D. This review is based on the 3D version. If you want to see the film, search for Coraline 3D.

Trailer on Youtube:(Near the youtube text on the video, select HD for best quality)

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