Feb 25

Taking a Break (from all my worries sure would help a lot)

Category: Random, Rants, Reviews

You guessed it, I’m taking a break. I won’t be updating Waste Island for a while because I’m currently working on another project that is also related to WI but will not be shown on niqueworks. That’s right, it’s a secret project. A super secret project. Oooh cryptic.

But in the meantime I’ll review Coraline, that new stop-motion movie that is for some reason being shown in 3-D. I hate 3-D. I mean, it’s fun times in real life but in movies… unnecessary. Though I get how kids could find it entertaining. And Coraline is a good kids’ movie. Excellent even. But as an adult I was left wanting more. It was very low tension and the main villain was lacking. We got no sense of her motivation and for that reason she lacked menace. The ending was too quick and it was too easy for the protagonist to solve the problem/save the day. When it was over I was sitting there saying “that’s it?”
But it was just as beautiful as you’ve heard and I’m truly impressed that those hardcore animators dedicated 3 years of their lives to make this little movie that is over much too soon.
Still, I think the mark of a good adaptation is that it makes you want to check out the source material. I have no such desire here.

But don’t take my word for it… da dum dum. I didn’t really like Wall-E either.

4 niqueheads for Coraline (3 for animation, 1 for story)

2 1/2 niqueheads for Wall-E (2 for cuteness and amusement factor, 1/2 for character design)

2 comments

2 Comments so far

  1. kebes February 25th, 2009 2:30 pm

    A ’secret’ project? So the only point in even telling us was to tantalize and invite wild speculation?

    I agree that 3D, as currently implemented in movies, is just bad. It’s usually gimmicky, and when it’s actually tasteful it becomes basically unnecessary.

  2. Phil March 2nd, 2009 8:06 am

    I also find that in the case of an animation movie of visual high quality (pixar movies for example) it takes away from the work of the artists because the 3d technology is not up to quality par. It flickers, its an afterthought to the storyboard and more often than not you just want to take off the glasses to watch the integral version of the flick (only to realize that everything is doubled/fuzzy).

    So for me, having the 3d effect actually lowers my rating of the experience

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