WHAT I LIKED: Though made by Henry Selick, 'Coraline,' is classic Tim Burton; a weird, wonderful and beautifully-realised world of imagination and compelling caricatures within it. Specifically, it follows a young girl who moves with her family to an Edward Hopper style house and ends up discovering an alternate version of her life down a small hatch in the dining room where she can get more attentive and loving zombie parents in return for having buttons sewn onto her eyes. That may sound crazy, but it translates because the stop motion animation is so beautiful, and the characters are all written so imaginatively.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Unlike the best fairytales (though, again, just like a Tim Burton film) the story doesn't pack any particular thematic depth, but for what it's trying to do, it's damn hard to fault.
VERDICT: 'Coraline,' is a brilliantly imagintive and beautifully-realised Tim Burton style film full of great caricatures and absurd ideas.