Monday, January 21, 2013

Family Movie Night: MirrorMask

Title: MirrorMask
Director: Dave McKean
Original Release: 2005
Choice: Mine
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Image via Wikipedia

MirrorMask was a project between McKean and Neil Gaiman, longtime comic book collaborators.  As discussed in previous posts, Gaiman's work is hit-or-miss for me.  The film Coraline?  Good fun.  The Sandman comic series (for which McKean did the artwork)?  Didn't care for it.

MirrorMask was originally intended as a direct-to-DVD release but it got a short theatrical run as well as a screening at Sundance.  The story is, on its surface, fairly straightforward: a teenage girl in a circus family is troubled by goings on at home.  She gets stranded in a dream world and has to find her way back.  From there, things get more complicated and the main knock on the movie, from both professional critics and the tough crowd at our house, is that it's rather difficult to follow.
Image via Tales from the Old Wooden Art Table

The artwork, however, is well worth the show.  So, while Gaiman's writing efforts are sub-par, McKean's images are a great success.  The acting's pretty good.  I thought the lead, Stephanie Leonidas, was wonderful as Helena - beautiful, too.
Image via Aveleyman

Finally, the following is a song that I generally don't like.  I have a strong Carpenters aversion.  However, this scene is very cool:


  1. A strong Carpenters aversion. Huh.

    1. Uh oh. Are you a fan? They're huge in Japan. I'm afraid that's where my loathing began.

    2. She is an amazing percussionist, Squidman!

    3. I will grant you that. But that does not excuse this:

    4. Why is it that my brain automatically inserted Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer into that wildly ill-conceived travesty?

    5. There is, I must confess, one Carpenters song I dearly love, entirely for its association with Sesame Street back in the day:

    6. What, are you *trying* to catch me off-guard and get me all misty-eyed?

    7. That's what it's all about, fellow traveler!

    8. You have inspired a post. Stay tuned.

    9. As we sometimes said when we were young, 'Coolness.'