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21 February 2009 @ 12:15 pm
Yesterday was fun! Gators and Coraline  
First we had a visit from the Florida Gator's mascots, Albert and Alberta (photo by my co-worker AG):

I should have been very bah humbug about that since I loath the way that football idolatry permeates everything around here but they were just too much fun. We have a teenage patient right now and you should have seen his eyes light up.

Then I finally got to go see Coraline.

If you are reading this and have not gone to see it, particularly the 3D version, then open up a new tab, head over to Fandango and get tickets to the very next showing you can make without breaking traffic laws. It is THAT good.

There are some differences between the book and the movie which would require me to spoil both to discuss but if you are a fan of the book you do need to know that the mice don't sing so don't keep waiting for that. They do do a really amazing acrobatic act though.

I hadn't seen any clips with the cat and I nearly squealed out loud the first time he talked because his voice is so absolutely perfect that of course that's the way he sounds even though it's totally unlike anything I'd imagined for him.

I think it might be a line reading thing but Coraline's real mother seems a LOT nastier in the movie than in the book and her redemption moment seems a bit weak to me but that's the only really big weak part I noticed. There is a moment of questionable taste involving a very fat woman and a very small costume that I'm surprised the Focus on the Family types didn't have a public snit over but maybe they're put off enough by the whole magic thing that they haven't gotten around to watching it.

The visuals are otherwise absolutely stunning. Okay, yeah, that one was stunning too but in another way. There is a sequence inspired by Van Gogh's Starry night that puts you in the painting that is ... whoa. And the garden scene is the best minature set design I've ever seen. This is THE best use of 3D I've seen in years and it is the best system. The glasses fit over my regular glasses easily and the image was perfect. There is very cute animation during the end credits that make sitting though them fun AND a nice moment after the credits that the people who just had to be SOMEWHERE 10 minutes sooner at 9 o'clock in the evening missed out on as usual. Sucks to be them.

And I very nearly forgot! There is a song written by They Might Be Giants! What more do you want? Go!

Nightfalljenevastorme on February 22nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I have to go see it once more before the Jonas Brothers take over the 3D screens.
rockerfaeryrockerfaery on February 25th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Boo gators! Yay fuzzy mascots!

Also, I hate you. I want to see Coraline.

Also again, please email me your phone number, if you've got one I can call.

ranuelranuel on February 26th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: lol!
I don't really have one at the moment. My cell refuses to work out here and I haven't had a chance to switch carriers yet. There is my work number which would be long distance for you but things are hectic right now so I wouldn't have much time to chat. Email really is the best way to get in touch with me.
iniondiainiondia on February 28th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
What did you think of Coraline?
I wanna go. Did it do justice to the book?
ranuelranuel on February 28th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: What did you think of Coraline?
Yes, but it isn't exactly the same. There are changes between the two, the most noticeable is that the art style is not the same as the style of the illustrations in the book. Which, I'm sorry, I know Neil loves McKean, and I did like his designs for Mirror Mask, but on the whole I've never really cared for his work that much. I was happier than not that they went with their own style.

They did a good job of adapting the story for the screen though and even though there are some things dropped and some things added it was very faithful to the story's themes.