Wednesday, 25 November 2009

MirrorMask 'Dave Mckean & Neil Gaiman'


It’s quite ironic to be honest, how I’ve finally come about to watch this film after so many years of attempting, and trying to find it on the internet, then actually forgetting it existed…and then again seeing the concept art book in my university’s library last year…to actually find it in my 12 year old sisters room yesterday haha, when she rented it from blockbusters, or all places….

This predominately British production is set within a modern day period, wherein our young, main character (who reminds me a lot of Farideh for some reason) lives within circus under the roof of her parents who run it, and it’s obvious after the first few scenes that she’s not happy with the ‘carnie-life’ she leads, in comparison to a ‘normal’ teenagers life…and without giving to much of the plot away, it’s this pretty much follows the basis of finding where your true home lies…and the appreciation of what you always had…

It’s easy to see where the film draws inspiration from, with previous films like ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and both ‘The Labyrinth’, and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ following the notion of escapism through sleep, opening doorways into dream-like worlds, and combining both realities, as well as the focus surrounding a young, female character, who tends to be naïve, but strong-willed, and the journey of the finding your true self through these events. Although these films tend to follow the same generic values, this film slightly differs from the rest, as it touches upon sexual references, if you were to look deep enough, which could also be possibly noted at in others, but makes it appear more obviously…as well as this, ‘MirrorMask comes across as lot more darker in comparison with other films, but in contrast to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is somewhat lighter.

However, the overall look of this piece completely separates this film from the rest, with it’s heavy, artistic, and stylised use of CGI, almost along the lines of Photo-Manipulation, but with moving images, comes across as quite bizarre at first, but works, and makes the film that more interesting, with it’s quirky, mythical characters, that don’t quite reach anatomical sense, as though snatched from a child’s imagination, the surreal landscapes, smothered in a sepia-tones sky, which gives the that much more a rich edge, and that goes without commenting on the soundtrack, which highlights the feeling of the film to a higher level, alongside this, the narrative for the film plays on the classic notions of ‘Light and Darkness’ but executes these in more effective way, by adding more sides to the two faced element.

I say this every time, but especially this time, for those who are interested in a great classic story, told in a different light, and unique use of highly stylised CGI, this is a must watch….also, on the DVD, there’s a containing artwork from the team, as well as a Q & A session with the team, which is a great insight to the industry

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