Thursday, 7 May 2009
I finally got to see Coraline in 3D last night at a special preview screening at the BFI Southbank, followed by a terrifically entertaining Q&A with author Neil Gaiman and the film's writer and director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and James And The Giant Peach). Wonderfully adapted from Gaiman's children's novel, this is a future classic, a vivid, highly imaginative, exquisitely crafted, frequently scary Gothic horror story for kids that harks back to the best of Disney (Snow White and Bambi and Fantasia), films that were frightening and funny and involving and emotional. There's been some debate in Britain recently about the need for kids to be scared, a notion that seemingly has been beaten out of Hollywood kids' films but which runs through the work of Roald Dahl, the Brothers Grimm et al. The stop motion is stellar and fluid, the production design extraordinary. The 3D, too, is spectacular, used mainly for spatial reasons, although there are several "boo"/pop out of the screen moments.