Coraline is a novel by Neil Gaiman, who is known for his dark fantasy work. This movie is pretty much just that, an animated dark fantasy, that almost borders on non-child-friendly.
Dakota Fanning voices Coraline Jones the main character, with Jennifer Saunders as a supporting character, and various others filling out the cast. Wybie is a extra character not found in the book, so that Coraline wouldn’t have to talk to herself.
I’ll remind everyone that I like dark movies (see Gothika) and this is a dark movie. To me animated dark movies are maybe a little too scary for their targeted audiences, so if you’re a parent maybe watch it before you show it to your kids.
Having said all that, I like this movie. I happen to like movies where the child fights for their parents. I do believe children are underestimated quite a lot of the time, so when the plot has the child as the savior I think it rocks. All the characters have parts to play, which I like too. They aren’t just shuffled to the side, they add to the story.
Again, I like this movie, and now I want to read the book!
First, I would like to point out that this is the very first DVD I’ve ever purchased for myself, and probably the first I ever owned. And, after a bit of research, it is based on a story by Alexandre Dumas (wiki). There are also quite a few well known actors here, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, even a young Hugh Laurie makes an appearance.
With that said, and my personal bias explained, let’s get to the movie. This movie takes place after the events of the The Three Musketeers story line. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis have all retired and D’Artagnon is now guarding the king. Well, the king isn’t really reigning all that well, and starts courting the wrong woman. There really is more to this plot, but it’s so complicated and involved that I could hardly do it justice.
Anyway, the man in the iron mask is the key to France’s salvation, and Aramis works to this end, an end to the tyranny of the king. Now, this does not follow the exact plot of Dumas’ work, as some of the characters do not appear in the movie, and not everyone dies at the end.
Obviously, I like this movie. I like the very full plot, but it’s still easy to follow, and continues the adventures of The Three Musketeers.