I love this movie, it's so poetic in a really disturbing way. This is a simple story about how the greatest challenge of all is finding the maturity and courage to look at yourself in the mirror... to make sense of the contradictions inside you, and inside others. I personally like it, because the movie dwells with interpretation of dreams, our sub-conscious, and our desires.
Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a circus performer who hates living in the circus. She wants to leave the circus and join the 'real' life. One day her mother, Joanne (Gina McKee) falls sick, and her father, Morris (Rob Brydon) is busy running the circus. Helena suddenly finds herself in a strange fantasy world, where she meets a young man named Valentine (Jason Barry). Helena also discovers that a 'fake' Helena is now taking her place in the real world, and she has to find a way out by looking for a MirrorMask, before she trapped forever. They embark on a journey to save the fantasy world from dark shadows, and possibly from Queen of Dark. Directed by Dave McKean. Based on a novel by Neil Gaiman.
The movie is quite abstract, lemme get you straight. But I can see some people might like it, some people might hate it. Maybe because of the dream like sequences and visuals. The special effects and the cinematography are amazing, and it really feels like a lucid dream. A movie about the fantasticly whimsical and epic film. This movie reminds me of the video game of "The Longest Journey" with the weird setting and storyline. The whole Jungian and Freudian concepts are here, if you want to psychoanalyst it. But the movie main core is actually about relationships, especially between mother-daughter and ourselves. Like Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz,and Through The Looking-Glass, this film is complex and sophisticated. This movie is a tangled whirlwind of dreams, fantasies, nightmares, and allegory. The plot is at once simple and convoluted, and either a bizarre literal fantasy or a beautifully crafted allegory.
I like the acting from all the actors, although a bit over the top. I like how Helena and Valentine have a nice chemistry, and a possible romance between them. The relationships between the characters are real and it shows in the movie. The creatures of the fantasy world are constantly inventive, and the gentle, wry humour is a nice change from other fantasy movies. I am envious with the whole creations and drawings; very imaginative and beautiful in a creepy way. The movie gives you a sinister story, so I won't recommend this for children. My favorite scenes are when Helena is undergoing a transformation, being accompany by scary looking dolls singing "Close To You", and I can't keep the song outta my head. The other scene is actually towards the ending and the credit song of "If I Apologise" by Josefine Cronholm. Its major themes are growing up, leaving childhood behind, but doing so with wisdom and compassion, and retaining the essential child within that allows us to be complete adults.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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