Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Friends are God’s way of saying ‘sorry’ for your family.” A friend said that to me and I must say I’m truly enamoured of it because it’s so spot-on. I like my friends. I want to expand the list a little, but I’m content with what I’ve got. I think most of ’em I can count of for most things. At least one I can count on for absolutely anything — and he’s proven himself. Twice. Had dinner with the Higgi, Erin, Timmy, Liz, and Johnny after the movie.

Ah, yes, the movie, Coraline. It’s much like the book though there are some changes like a character who isn’t in the book. I think that was to change the pacing because some stuff had to go. The book was darker and scarier, and more vivid. However, I feel the film maker preserved the world as Gaiman envisioned it, no small feat. The soundtrack was a bit irritating but that’s a quibble. It’s very Nightmare Before Christmas because it’s the same people, and it was a good choice for both the feel and view of this world. That’s what it needed.

It was enchanting seeing the characters I read brought to life in the way I envisioned them. Some characters weren’t quite as scary as I remembered, but I think the edge was taken off all around. The movie is rated PG but there are some very PG-13/R rated innuendo and visuals snuck in. It’s quite enjoyable. I’d see it again. We did not see it in 3D, and I didn’t miss it either.

Neil Gaiman is so talented I can’t stand it.

Tomorrow is skating. See the usual thread if you want to go. Johnny and Liz have skates. YAY!

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