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Coraline

We almost never go to movies in actual movie theatres. In New York city, it's $12 a ticket, and frankly? There aren't many movies that are worth that to me.

But we're in California, where movies are part of the air you breathe, and theatres show the Oscar-Nominated short subjects. So we went to see Coraline.

It was wonderful. Even without the special 3-D effects, the difference between Coraline's real world and the Other Mother's world still really pops. The visuals! The invention! The voice acting!

There are differences between the movie and the book--most significantly the addition of a friend for Coraline. But I didn't mind them. Books are books and movies are movies, with different aesthetic needs and demands. But the heart of the story is there, and the essential, Neil Gaiman charm of it. And that's the important thing, right?

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sartorias
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
You're here? Cool!
ellen_kushner
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Santa Cruz!
sartorias
Feb. 15th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
*envy*

So pretty up there, and they are getting rain!
kalimac
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
we're in California, where ... theatres show the Oscar-Nominated short subjects.

In L.A., maybe. Not in Northern California as far as I know, so don't expect it when you get up here. Prices can be less than in NYC, though, especially if you go early.

Books are books and movies are movies, with different aesthetic needs and demands.

I can believe that on the rare occasions that it's demonstrated why the cinematic form demands a particular change, and why (since the changer invariably thinks it improves the story) it wouldn't have been just as advantageous for the book.

Most of the time, though, that justification is merely a cover for "We just want to do it this way, and since we own the rights, we can."
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deliasherman
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Visual storytelling isn't the same as verbal storytelling. It just isn't. The extra character would have just cluttered up the book, but I think he adds a needed dimension to the movie. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I feel that it is so.
ellen_datlow
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
There are two theaters in NYC that are showing all the short animated subjects (I was told today)...
I tried to see Coraline yesterday and couldn't get in--sold out all day.
deliasherman
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Well, I guess New York is New York. They sure wouldn't do the short subjects in Boston--at least not anywhere I'd ever notice them.

Too bad about Coraline. I hope you've been able to get in by now.
ellen_datlow
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
No time. I'll get to it eventually :-). I hope you're having a great time.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Great movie!
I love the book, the audio book, and the movie! Really creepy in an interesting way. Love it!

Toby
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