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Coraline Review

Coraline is a 2009 clay-mation animated movie directed by Henry Selick, based on the novel written by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline and her parents have moved far away from their hometown. While her parents spend every waking hour on their work, Coraline explores her new home. She uncovers a small door in her apartment, but it is bricked up and there is no way through until it mysteriously opens during a dream. Coraline discovers that on the other side of the door is another version of her family, her “other” family. While the “other” family is kind and inviting at first, something sinister is lurking beneath their surface.

Neil Gaiman is probably one of my new favorite writers. After the incredible series that was The Sandman, I’ve found myself watching or reading more of his work lately. Coraline was a pleasant surprise, one that I had ignored since it came out in my teenage years when I thought “movies were dumb”. Fortunately, it is one of Ashley’s favorite movies and it was her turn for a suggestion. With Gaiman’s impeccable writing and worldbuilding talent, coupled with Burton-esque animation, Coraline is an all around great watch.

Coraline is available to stream on Prime Video ($).

Dylan M.
Dylan M.

Dylan created Movies Not Films as a fun project to stay occupied during the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He started with a simple movie diary on a spreadsheet and eventually transformed it into MoviesNotFilms.com with a robust catalog of reviews, suggestions, and ranking lists. Currently living with his now-fiancé and two dogs, Dylan has a full time career but still makes time to watch all the latest movies and most of the new TV shows.

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