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Summary: MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes -- quite ironically -- that she could run away from the circus and join real life. (The Jim Henson Company)
this had all the makings of an awesome fantasy story, but the characters didn't really have much substance. and the strongest element of the film is its visuals, but even those already seem a bit dated. it's worth a watch for the art direction, but i really wish more of it were stop-motion and practical effects, the cgi makes it feel a bit cheap. all the same ideas worked out much better in Coraline.
Your typical "down the rabbit's hole" children's story... a dreamworld with lot of oddball stuff going on that has analogues in reality. The art direction is really striking, though. It's amazing what they're doing with computers these days.
As a fan of Mckean and Gaiman I have to admit that I'm pretty biased about this film. I enjoyed it immensly and while it's pretty much the ultimate in "style over substance" it is still very engaging and interesting.
It's not Labrynth. But the design, the actors, and the Henson touch, even if it isn't as profound as it was back when Jim was still alive, make this an interesting watch, even if the story doesn't hold as well as it should.
Neil Gaiman is a GOD. There is no denying this. However, even gods sometimes create works that are flawed. This film, while clearly touched by Gaiman's genious still feels like it needs something...I don't know what it is. I love the movie, don't get me wrong. It's just missing something to make it yet another perfect Gaiman Opus.
A movie about a misunderstood, angsty goth-girl who's great at "drawring" pictures and juggling. Visually unique, but Neil Gaiman's bland script pulls the movie down. He should stick to writing books, not poisoning the screen with duds like this and Stardust (wait...maybe he should just stay away from compound words).
I have always found Neil Gaiman's stories bland, but this was really too mediocre. Distorted hero's journey ina pseudo-,nteresting setting sometimes works well in comics, but it is really boring as a movie. Because you really don't have enough time to appreciate design and artwork of McKean.
neil gaiman's script is serviceable, but the look of the film is downright stunning. dave mckean's style made the transition to film quite nicely (and a kid's film at that, where he couldn't indulge in his usual grotesqueries).
While it's got some cool images and effects, I wish I had enjoyed this more. I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman so I wanted this to be awesome but it's just kinda there. Helena's story is disappointingly derivative and uninspired, though well presented visually.