Movie Review: Coraline

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Movie review: Coraline (2009)
Movie summary: Coraline moves into an old mansion with her parents. Her parents are busy writing and publishing to listen or play with Coraline. The other occupants of this mansion are quite wierd. A young boy, related to the owner, finds a doll that resembles Coraline and gives it to her. She takes this doll with her everywhere and confides in the doll when her parents don't listen to her. One day, she finds a secret locked door in the mansion and once it opens, a portal to a parallel world is opened. In this parallel world, her parents are very kind to her, they play with her, give her whatever she wants to eat and her neighbours are all very exciting. Everyone in this world though, has button eyes. More and more Coraline is drawn to this world where she is treated so well. We then find out that the "other" mum in this parallel world wants to keep her there forever and feed on her soul. Coraline is forced to save her parents, other souls and realises the importance of her real parents.

My thoughts: Since it's an animation where a kid is the main character, people may assume that it's suitable for children of all ages. I think the themes of the story maybe quite scary and difficult to understand for younger children. I was quite frightened that Coraline may not make it back into the real world, or her parents were lost forever. At the end of the day though, this film does have quite strong morals. Sometimes we can be offered things we want by people who claim to care for us. And we might be withheld things we want by people who are supposed to love us. We might because biased in our thoughts. But really, sometimes those who love us withhold things for a reason. Because they love us. And they know what is best for us.

The devil tempted Jesus in the desert for 40 days. And after 40 days, he tried to get Jesus to turn rock into bread, tempted Jesus with riches and power. Would you trade these things with your soul? What is the point if we can gain the whole world if we were to lose our soul and the things that truly is important to us?

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