Andy read the book Coraline (yes, that does fall into the classical education scheme of things) months ago and has been dying to see the movie. I read Coraline years and years ago and didn’t remember much about it except that it was kind of dark. But, then again, Andy’s got a dark side. Anyway, I’m cheap. I told Andy that we’d see the movie when it hit the $$ theater.
This afternoon, Andy, his best bud Paul and the older boys and I hit the $$ theater and saw Coraline. I LOVED it. I was scolded after the movie for loving it because I had forgotten a few things in the book that they changed in the movie. Oh well. Andy and Paul were absolutely silent and speechless through the movie. Several times I glanced at them and they were both stuck with popcorn held mid-air, mouths open and just gaping.
I wouldn’t recommend the movie for a child with seperation issues or a child with a fierce imagination that never shuts down. I would not have taken Tim to this movie when he was 9. Heck, he’s 15 and he was still a little flipped out by the movie (despite having read the book and listening to the audio version).
STILL! I loved it. The animation was great. The voices were well-matched to the characters. And there were some real laugh-out-loud scenes.
Did I mention I got butter-flavored popcorn? Did I mention that the $$ theater is the old AMC theater I worked at during summers and vacations through college? It’s like a time warp for me to go there. The popcorn maker is the same one that gave me the scar on my fore-arm. The hot-dog-roller-thingie is the same. And, what’s totally crazy is – just like in the old days – they only take cash. When’s the last time you went anywhere and everyone was paying with actual money? Maybe it’s just me … but it struck me as unusual and kind of retro today.
Overall, fun movie. Anything that shuts Andy and Paul up for 2++ hours has to have something to it. If you have sensitive kids, definitely pre-view it.