I am not sure when was the first time I heard Gaiman’s name but I do remember the first review I read, it was Graveyard Book in both TBM’s blog (50 Years Project) and Caroline’s blog (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat). They were having a readalong. I really enjoyed their review/discussion but still at that point even though I am curious but NOT curious enough.
And then I was quite surprise to find his name as the writer of The Doctor’s Wife, Doctor Who’s Series 6 episode 4. His episode was really good. I like the connection he made between The Doctor and his TARDIS. Upon seeing that, I became more curious on Neil Gaiman…or as Alice would say curiouser and curiouser. Neil Gaiman also writes last week’s episode of Doctor Who called Nightmare in Silver (Haven’t seen it yet)
Then I asked someone who also loves Stephen King as much as I am whether he has ever read Gaiman’s book and he told me that Gaiman is one of his favorite authors.
So…I finally bought American Gods (will read it after I finished my Stephen King’s book) and found 2 movies based on his books…in short, 1 one them blew my mind while the other was just a fun watch.
Stardust is a PURE fairy tale where it all ends happily ever after…something fun to watch but hardly memorable because there are just SOOOOOO many fairy tales like this. I am glad I watched this after I have become so curious on Neil Gaiman, otherwise I might have said no thanks to his books.
The world was divided into two, the real world and the world full of magic, the only thing separating the worlds was a not so high wall. There was a gap in the wall. A man from the real world passed it through and fell in love with a woman from the magical world. A child was born and lived in the real world. The child’s name was Tristan (Charlie Cox). A star fell on the magical world and Tristan promised the girl he loved to bring the fallen star for her. Tristan found the star who happened to be a girl.
Apparently, the heart of a fallen star could give eternal live. Tristan wanted to bring Yvaine – the fallen star (Claire Danes) to his loved one, a powerful witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer ) and the future king wanted her heart so that they could live forever. So, Tristan and Yvaine tried to escape them. And to no one’s surprise they fell in love.
I think you can see it clearly that I am not too keen of this kind of story…a story where I can see all in just ten minutes or in other word totally predictable. However, I wouldn’t say I didn’t have fun 😉
I enjoy watching it because I like the cast. There are many British celebrities I know plus the stunning Michelle Pfeiffer…to be honest though she is much older than Claire Danes, she is by far more beautiful than Claire. By the way, my favorite comedian, Noel Fielding was supposed to play as Prince Quintus (the ghost) but was ill on the production and replaced by Adam Buxton…too bad, it would add extra fun to see him there 😉
I don’t know about the book, it might be better than the movie but I think I will pass on the book and read Gaiman’s other books.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriter: Jane Goldman, Matthew VaughnNarrated by
Starring: Ian McKellen (Narator), Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemying, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Adam Buxton, David Walliams.
I grew up in the bizarre and unpredictable world of Japanese animation therefore none of the predictable Hollywood animation has ever amazed me…till Coraline.
Every time someone mentioned how he/she loves Pixar or Dreamwork or Disney, I always ended up saying “yeah they’re okay”…my friend even said that she was quite surprised I watched Hollywood animation when I was watching Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, I reminded her that I still watch Hollywood animation but NONE has awed me the way Japanese animation had (such as Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke or even Blood-The Last Vampire). I know…I am a tough crowd when it comes to animation.
Coraline is fantastic!! I love everything about it, it was a 100 minutes of great imagination. How I love to read the book now.
Coraline and her family had just moved in to an old house. Coraline’s parents were very busy and had no time for her…she hated it. A doll that looked like her was given to her. The doll somehow showed her a small door that led to another world, a world where everything and everyone were a lot better than in her real world. But as the old saying, be careful for what you wish for because her perfect new world was NOT as perfect as she thought.
That’s all I can say about the story because writing more means more spoiler and I think everyone should not be spoiled when it comes to a great movie.
What I like the most in Coraline is how vast the imagination is. It’s a wonder to see many things transformed to another thing and even though I can guess how it might end but throughout but the way to get there is unpredictable. And that is the kind of journey I love. I know I will see this animation again soon. The animation is also amazing, a feast to the eyes. And don’t forget the scoring…Coraline has marvelous scoring and a great closing theme.
In short, Coraline has fantastic story, beautiful animation and great music.
“Coraline [was] a huge risk. But these days in animation, the safest bet is to take a risk.”
And I say…DO take a risk like the Japanese animators always did!!
Director: Henry Selick
Producers: Henry Selick, Claire Jennings
Screenwriter: Henry Selick
Music: Bruno Coulais
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian McShane