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18 December 2008 @ 10:03 am
Coraline  

It was awe-inspiring. Magnificent. Beautiful. Amazing. Totally amazing. Totally freakin' amazing.

In other words, pretty darned good.

The 3D glasses are big and designed to fit over your glasses (if you are one of those people like me who wears prescription glasses so they can see clearly anything more than two feet away; if you're not, they'll fit you nicely as well). I had a slight problem finding exactly the right way to hold my head to see the entire screen clearly—I strongly suspect that this was a due to a combination of exactly how I had to hold my head relative to the screen, the dynamics of the best place to look through the 3D glasses, and the fact that my regular glasses are bifocal so there's a smaller functional area for distance vision. Which leads me to a recommendation for when you see the movie: if you wear glasses—particularly if you wear bifocals—you might want to sit a half-dozen rows or so farther back than you normally do. That's certainly going to be what I'll do if I can pry myself out of the house for a thoroughly worthwhile second viewing of the film.

In case you missed it up there in the previous paragraph, I'll say it again: see this film!

 
 
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guppiecatguppiecat on December 18th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I thought it wasn't out until February?
Peter Hentgesjbru on December 18th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Sneaky preview last night, I guess. elisem and pegkerr saw it as well. I saw the preview along with Bolt last week. Wish I'd heard about this as it certainly would have been a better time than The Day the Earth Stood Still. As they say, "la vee."
Fred A Levy Haskell: xclip- red check animatedfredcritter on December 21st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Is correct. Wish you'd heard about it as well. Was almost certainly a better time than almost anything else you might name: beats the heck out of card games….
Kevin G. Austin: ikaustin on December 18th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Fred A Levy Haskell: xclip- box grey button light blue blinkifredcritter on December 21st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Got it in one!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Coralinefredcritter on December 21st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)

Hmm. I took a look at the Coraline entry on IMDb and you're absolutely correct: 6 February 2009 is the official release date listed there. My apologies.

While I like to think I'm not a total naïf—having over the years attended not only "sneak" previews but also "test" previews and press screenings, as well as having at least some understanding of the usual timing of such—I had somehow, for no apparent (and obviously for no good) reason, decided that the public release would be sooner than it is.

I guess that most of that happened because I didn't (and possibly couldn't) get my mind wrapped around the fact of how truly and totally special this screening was and, to what little extent that I could and did, didn't connect that fact with such real-world concepts as "time." This, even though Neil and Mr. Selick stood up before they started the move and explained things (that this was a screening Mr. Selick had arranged so that Neil could get his first look at the finished film, with Neal explaining that he'd asked folks to come and watch it with him because "the alternative would have been for just the two of us to sit in this big theater with Henry sitting a few seats away from me, watching me intently.")

et in Arcadia egoboo: Barnabyapostle_of_eris on December 19th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the 3D part, and was pretty confident, but thanks for the thumbs up!
I have a special stake in this one. My otherwise normal third-grade (I think) niece with high school level reading skills (like, almost through the complete Harry Potter) has her birthday in January. So, by return mail and via The Fabulous Lorraine, I am having Neil autograph a copy to her. I don't even know if she has run into the concept of authors' autographs, but now she can have read the book before the movie comes out.

(Digression: Have I mentioned that I think that both Neil Gaiman and Bruce Schneier, while they deserve all they have and have come by it with honest toil, have a real ace in the hole in having Minneapolis fandom available as a labor pool for Back Office.)