Depending on your definition of spoilers…this may have some.
A dozen or more times per year, a movie is released to the theater that is labeled, “THE MUST SEE FAMILY MOVIE OF THE YEAR” This month, it was Coraline. 2009 has just have started so I cannot properly judge the year, but I safely dub this film the best family movie of the past twelve months.
What you wanted from this movie, you received. The visual treats were better than I had anticipated. The story was deeper than your average Disney flick, but not so complex that my seven year old could not follow along. For a kid’s flick, it was certainly scary at parts. Not since Monster House had I wondered about the parents of the toddlers in the audience being kept up half the night because of nightmares. The movie was in 3D in the theater I went to. I did not feel it needed to be, but it did have a few justifying moments where things reached out to kill me.
I do wish that the marketing bigwigs who produced the commercials for this movie would take a hint from Pixar and create a commercial that did not spell out the plot so in detail. I knew what was going to happen, the whole time. Though it was unfolded in a unique way, next time, give me less in advance. Also, the ending was disappointing. The movie’s wrapped up, the villian is dead…BUT SHE”S NOT REALLY DEAD!!! Yawn. Let’s kill the witch the right way the first time already.
I feel the need to rate all family movies twice, once based on the genre, and once based on all films. Coraline receives an 8 for a children’s film, and 6 1/2 for a film in general. Please do this again or us parents are going to be stuck with more Tinkerbell sequels.