A Late Review: Coraline


Coraline (2009)

Genre:Animated, Fantasy, Family

Starring:Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher

IMDb: 7.7 of 146,000 ratings

A young girl named Coraline discovers another world similar to her own with a few key differences through a portal in the wall in her new home.

What I Don’t Like:

I don’t have much bad to say about this film.  It is a great animated film. The film does world build a touch too long before moving the plot.  It may be a bit dark or subversive for the youngest of audiences.

What I Do Like:

This movie is visually stunning. The worlds that are crafted through its unique animation style are memorizing.  Alone the artistic value of the film transcends a great many animated movies.

The humor is clever and a touch twisted. (Something that Laika has grown into comfortably).  A lot of it isn’t reduced to appeal to younger audiences. If they get it, great, if not, more for adults to appreciate.

Coraline is the main character. A blue haired girl who feels out of place and sometimes forgotten or neglected by her parents. This films dives into a debate about what we would do if presented with a choice of a more perfect world vs the one we are given. Sometimes we are given an option that would appear better in small doses, but the reality is it could potentially be worse if we become fully engaged in it.

What do you think Caroline represents?


If you are seeking a strange movie with an interesting premise and happens to be a visual masterpiece. Look no further than Caroline.  

The DC Ladder:

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Paranorman (2012)

Coraline (2009)

The Boxtrolls (2014)-

My first review- be kind.  https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/the-boxtrolls-2014-movie-review/

Corpse Bride (2005)




One thought on “A Late Review: Coraline

  1. “A lot of it isn’t reduced to appeal to younger audiences. If they get it, great, if not, more for adults to appreciate.” This is the key to what makes the movie work, in my opinion. It’s there for them, but doesn’t go out of its way to explain things to them. I think that’s a perfect tact to take for this particular film. Great review.


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