When I went to see this in theaters, I was thinking it would be another children's movie that would just fly over my head. Well, I was horribly wrong. Coraline is an imaginative film that shows the darker sides of wishes coming true. It starts as young Coraline moves into a dreary-looking apartment complex called 'The Pink Palace', even though it looks more like a 'shack' than a palace. As she goes into the house, weary of the place and neglected by her workaholic parents, she begins to explore the place she regrettably has to call home. As she explores deeper into the home, she finds a small, locked door that leads to something bigger than she ever expected.
The plot of Coraline seems a little rushed compared to the book, but it works for younger children with shorter attention spans. The point in which this movie shines is between the characters and the worlds that surround them. Each character has a different quirk about them such as Mr. B's ambition of a mouse circus or the never-ending bickering between Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible over whose career was better or if one was blinder than the other . Of course, the crowd loved the ever-adventurous, spunky heroine Coraline and her somewhat annoyingly awkward neighbor Wybie Lovat. The way director Henry Selick portrays the characters, with a few minor changes here and there, almost by the book itself, it gives life to an otherwise dreary world.
I reccomend seeing this movie and if you do enjoy it as much as I did, you might also like ParaNorman, from the same studio that made Coraline.
A tunnel to the unknown.....