A Few thoughts

It's called Coraline and it's Henry Selick's new animated film and -although I'm somewhat late to review it- I want to give my thoughts about the screening I attended a few weeks ago. Selick did the remarkable Nightmare Before Christmas 16 years ago and I highly doubt this one will join the ranks of that kids classic. It's nevertheless very unique and contains some frightening images that will give kiddies nightmares. The imagination here is wild and Selick brings to life images you've likely never seen before- I'm already kicking myself for having not seen this in 3D. Here's my problem with the film, the images are one thing but the storyline is another. If what you are seeing is highly original, the storyline is fairly basic and -might I add- a bit dull. There really isn't anything hypnotic or interesting to recommend here, except for the visuals. Smoke a nice little somethin, somethin, lower the volume to mute and watch the incredible images on screen.

Director Tony Gilroy made a great feature directing debut a few years back with Michael Clayton. He follows that one up with Duplicity, a film with too many twists and turns for it's own good. This is still exciting stuff, with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts playing a 'spy vs. spy' type of game all in the while being buttfuck inlove- how romantic? Highly recommended stuff, that is till the final twist comes along and you feel as though Gilroy is being too good for his own good. The movie should have ended 10 minutes earlier yet there you are watching Gilroy lay down yet another -insufficient- twist. Roberts is actually surprisingly appealing and -yes- very sexy, whereas Clive Owen is always good in anything he does. But you still get a sense of deja vu watching the film- didn't George Clooney and Jenniffer Lopez do the exact same movie at a much higher level with 'Out Of Sight' ? If you should hit the mute button with Coraline, you should leave 5 minutes before Duplicity ends.

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