By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Focus Features
Since I can't wait to see Coraline in 3D this weekend one should expect that I'll subconsciously continue to post updates on the film over the next few days. A couple a day should suffice. While we have more interviews and media coming, I figured we'd take a break to check out some of the early critical praise.
Early Reviews: Coraline
Some of the first official reviews have surfaced online for Coraline and, to my relief, they are positive. If I can just make one suggestion: Kick off 2009 in style by seeing this film in 3D.
Eerily inhabiting the netherworld where a young girl’s wildest dreams become her cruelest nightmares, “Coraline” is a dark delight. Although it coarsens some of the details in Neil Gaiman’s popular 2002 children’s horror novel, this eccentric and deliriously inventive fantasy finds stop-motion auteur Henry Selick scaling new heights of ghoulish whimsy, buoyed by a haunting score that works its own macabre magic. Probably too frightening for very small tots, the PG-rated Focus Features toon deserves to be seen in all its bigscreen 3-D glory, but should also achieve family-favorite status on homevid.
Just when it appeared adult themes, in films such as "Mary and Max" and "$9.99," were going to run away with stop-motion animation, up pops Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas"). Not only is his charming "Coraline" a terrific children's story, adapted from a novel by Neil Gaiman, but this is the first stop-motion feature ever made in 3-D. If Focus Features can bring in mainstream audiences with its marketing, "Coraline" could become a solid family hit.
Check out the full reviews for Coraline by clicking the links above.