Coraline, a Movie for Everyone


Sadie Germain

I would like to preface this review by saying I have little stomach for horror, or anything mildly creepy. The scariest thing I have ever watched was five minutes of The Shining in a hotel lobby, and even then I got creeped out. That being said, I absolutely adore the movie Coraline.
The movie primarily takes place in an apartment complex, the Pink Palace Apartments. The first part of the movie follows the protagonist, Coraline, while she explores the apartment complex because of her boredom. She meets several odd residents, and finds some mysterious things within the complex. Things take a turn for the better, and then they get worse.
Coraline edges well along the line of being just scary enough that you will be on the edge of your seat, but not scary enough you’ll want to tuck your head under the covers and shut your eyes. The first time I watched this movie, I was scared for a few days, but I didn’t lose sleep over it. Most of the plot is based around the idea of buttons. They are one of the most innocent objects, yet even they can be used to produce fear.
Another thing it does well is its pacing. Even being 1 hour and 40 minutes long, it keeps you interested through new characters and new sets that stay connected throughout the story.
This movie is a 5/5 paws.