T500FC, 469th: Mirrormask (Dave Mckean, 2005)


A modern visual treat like no other with a binge of Neil Gaiman’s, the idea behind Mirrormask, touch, Dave Mckean’s, the director, first run as a director offered us Neil’s weird and wild world of “children’s” stories. This film was made in 2005 and was able to garner a limited release during its outing plying a small U.S. gross revenue as it didn’t even make it to a quarter of its budget. Though its current number only provides us a U.S. outcome, it could’ve garnered a little bit more of its budget given the number of Gaiman fans worldwide.

With the recent wave of teen angst, we have our “hero” Helena, fighting her own battles amidst in a situation which is fully understandable to the young adult of today. Her life in the circus is starting to be a little bit of exhausting to her that’s why she wanted to run away and live a real life. And with this, she had a dispute with her mom and the result probably affected her mom’s health. She wakes up in what seemed to be a real imagination that starts off with an eating shadow. It follows through with the bizarre world that she had just stepped in and it is up to her to step out of it.

I am not sure on what to write about regarding this film. I am still at a loss mainly because of two things. 1. I am a Gaiman fan. 2. There is something wrong with the film. I remember the adult-ified film Where The Wild Things Are; a film that was meant for kids but ended up having a liking for the adult. And this was, again, one of those films.

I certainly loved the Gaiman film Coraline that is why I hunted for this film in the Internet. But to my dismay, the narrative of the story didn’t fit with my Gaiman liking. I expected it to be a more visual work but I was also hoping to at least have a story that might be as complex as Neverwhere or as creative as American Gods. It didn’t go there as the film just gave us a “short” story of a life of an emo girl with the great number of scenes showed us in the world of Helena’s odd world.

But aside the fact that I didn’t enjoy the story, I was certainly filled withawe and amused with the visual display of the film. I guess the weirdness of the movie makes it totally unique. A lot of people might not get it, and it was quite obvious, but who cares, all for the love of Gaiman. At least we were assured that when Coraline was released, it was telling us that it was just bad luck for the multi-talented English author.


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