Yesterday, Anne convinced me to take a break from work so we could go see a matinee of Coraline, which was playing in 3D at a local theater. I love the book, and I love Nightmare Before Christmas, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
But 3D? I wasn't so sure. I'm not a huge fan of 3D. It always feels gimmicky and intrusive, and I'm always wondering when Doctor Tongue is going to thrust a cat toward the audience.
However, my love of the source material, an excuse to play hooky with my wife, and how excited I've been to see the movie since I first heard they were making it was enough to get me into the theater without any real argument.
I am so glad that I went, because I loved the movie. I heard that Henry Selick wanted to use the 3D technology to give the movie depth, rather than shove things into the audience's faces, and I thought he did exactly that. I told my friends that they don't have to see it in 3D, but they kind of have to see it in 3D.
Speaking as a fan of the book, I was mostly happy with the adaptation. They added an entirely new character, which I wasn't thrilled about, but he didn't feel like Scrappy Doo to me, and if I wasn't already a fan of the book, he wouldn't have felt out of place to me, at all. Everything I wanted to see was there, and they managed to create the world that I'd created in my head when I read it with eerie perfection.
Speaking as a fan of movies and stop-motion animation, I was delighted. All the actors are fantastic, and the set design and animation was breathtaking. You don't need to see it in 3D, but I thought they used the 3D experience perfectly, and if you have a choice, I'd take the 3D option (which is something I never thought I'd say.)
Coraline gets 4.5 out of 5 Beldams, on the Wheaton Scale of Randomly Rating Movies In A Way Which Is Amusing To Wil.
Seriously, people, go see it. I think you'll love it.