Neil Gaiman's "Coraline"

Sharon and I saw this film last night. "Coraline" is a stop-motion animated film of a short novel by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is a modern master of the fairy tale, so this film is wonderful. The story and dialog are spot on, and the animation is great. It's a real fairy tale, which means it's somewhat creepy and scary, but of course the ending is happy.

There's only one problem. Sharon and I often judges movies by how much discussion we have about them. The real purpose of art, after all, is to stimulate thought, right? So this movie is so straightforward that it leaves nothing to talk about. There's no interpretation to be done, no questions to ponder, no comparisons to make.

This movie makes an enjoyable couple of hours, but not the enjoyable few days of discussion that I really want to have. Am I just a grown-up?

2009.02.12 at 10:30pm EST