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Mark Atwood
Review. MirrorMask. ★★★
I liked it.

If you loved The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth because of the lush organic costumes and backgrounds, you might be disappointed. But if you liked them for all the quirky and fun bit part characters, you will enjoy this for the same reasons.

The visuals, instead of "lush and organic", are instead very spare, evocative of pen and ink, with some brush and greyscale watercolor, for reasons that make sense in the context of the story.

The overall plot is not original. But then, for this sort of thing, the overall frame of the plot isn't important. We all know where we are going to end up, what is important is the view from the ride, and all the little plot-presents we are gifted with on the way.

And an amusing little insight I had a few hours after seeing it, one of the major sources of conflict between the Dark Queen and the Dark Princess was, the Queen was a goth, and wanted her daughter to be a goth. But the princess wasn't a goth, she didn't want to be a goth. She was a punker.

Oh, and I have to recommend it to jatg's attention, in that the protaganist was a girl who loves to draw and ink.

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puzzld1 From: puzzld1 Date: October 10th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
So envious! We won't be getting it for a few weeks and in only in one far away theater
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: October 10th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I *really* need to go see that.
...sure. 'cause, you know, I'm not HORRIBLY STRESSED FOR TIME or anything. No. All the time in the world. Really.
jatg From: jatg Date: October 10th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I already saw it last Friday at the Tower. My favorite part was riddling with the Sphinx. It was rather surreal to feel like I had stepped into a Sandman cover.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: October 10th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We all want sphinxes! Even though they'd probably eat us. Or our libraries.
paraventur From: paraventur Date: October 10th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
on thinking about it afterwards, yes - this is the type of movie you go to not for the plot but for the visuals. The surrealistic images that make the movie good can be described with words, but that very description makes them less surreal and more real. In the movie they are just there, you don't need to comment on them, so they stay surreal. These images are easy to show, but are hard to write, and these are the images that make the movie work.

And the cats haunted my dreams again last night (combined with a manamana score).
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