Coraline

I remember the last film I saw in 3D – it was way back in 1991 – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Thank god it was final because that truly was one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. 3D was also in its infancy back then and I remember walking out with a headache – something I’ve repeated today.

Based from a book written by the awesome Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a girl perplexed by a life of boredom and transparency as she drifts from fathers presence to mothers without the attention she craves for. As she steps through a strange secret door she finds in their new home she finds a parallel world that mimicks her own, instead infused with colour, wonder and all the love she requires – that is until she discovers all is not well in this perfect universe.

Directed by Henry Selick, responsible also for the direction of Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline is the next evolution of stop motion animation that features incredibly surreal visuals, with vivid colour, fantasy imagination and child-like wonderment. Couple this with next generation 3D and I was presented with a truly remarkable cinema experience.

We’ve been waiting for this new evolution of cinema for a short while now and having seen Coraline, I am excited abou the future of film. There were some spectacular scenes that really took advantage of the 3D trickery, with some amazing depth suggested on background images, whilst birds and bees hovered about the skies in front of you. Crazy thing was, 99% of the film was indistinguishable from normal film when your glasses were taken off. It’s a very impressive and effective new medium and worked very well, especially on such Tim Burton’esque material that thrives on touchy-feely environments.

The film itself is typically magical and displayed such care and attention to detail, all scenes despite their importance were a joy to basque in.

I took my kids, 2.5 and 5.5, the younger was nonplussed but my elder understood the concept more and was a little more upset by some of the visuals.

Excellent stuff.

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