Coraline

From The Movie Snob

Coraline (B). This animated movie is rated PG, and the villain is a touch scary for very small children. Most everyone else should probably enjoy this story about Coraline (voice of Dakota Fanning, Breaking Dawn Part Two), a smart but headstrong little girl who has been uprooted to Oregon by her distracted parents. They move into a musty old house that’s been subdivided into three apartments, with an eccentric Russian acrobat living upstairs and a pair of faded burlesque stars living in the basement. In short order, Coraline discovers a mysterious little door that seems to open into another dimension when night falls. In this alternate universe, everybody seems to be oh-so-much-better/nicer/funner than the people back home–except for the slightly sinister fact that they all have buttons for eyes. Adventure ensues. The heroine is an appealing and spunky little kid, and I’d probably give the film a higher grade if it didn’t feel just the tad bit long by the end. Oh, I should mention for parents’ benefit that there is one odd scene in which one of the two old burlesque stars–the exceptionally bosomy one–appears virtually naked for quite a while. It comes off comically, but I can imagine some parents not appreciating that.

P.S. I see on IMDB that this movie is based on a book by Neil Gaiman.  No wonder it’s kind of creepy.  He wrote a book called Neverwhere that I simply quit reading, it was so unpleasant.

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