Coraline: A Very Short Review

This does have a tenuous comics connection, via novel author Neil Gaiman, but I read the book when it first came out and then lent it to a friend, so I went to the movies today with only a dim memory of what the story is about.  180px-coraline_preview_shotWow, has 3-D technology come of age!  The entire film is dazzlingly, beautifully done, leaping to vivid life.  Mr. Bobinsky and his jumping mice alone are worth the admission.

The film is great, but the story fully bears its own weight.  All the depth and nuance in the story itself springs from the novel — the weird Freudian nuances of mother-daughter conflict, the spidery quality of the Other Mother, the creepiness of black buttons.  The book stands in the long, long chain of British children’s books, in which the kids fall through rabbit holes or open wardrobe doors or discover mysterious castles behind local hedgerows.  As a result it feels familiar and yet very new.  Delightful all the way around — see it while it’s still in 3-D if you can!

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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