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Havent seen it of such yeeeeeeet, but it looks very exciting and i think it should make it to the cinema, so what if its a low budget film, i think its looks amazing!!!

Bit of a Alice in Wonderland feel to it but (im some of you must have mentioned) looking foward to seeing it!.....

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I saw Mirrormask this last Saturday and have been looking at the comments here.
Two things.
First. Mirrormask is referenced in one of my favorite on-line comice, Something Positive, in the posting for 10 October. http://www.somethingpositive.net/

Second, it seemed to me that one of the main thrusts of the film has been ignored so far in the commentary here, yet it seems so obvious to me. The film's focus is dualism, the split nature of all of our personalities. And it is "right in front of your face" the whole time. The floating giants, the Light city and dark city, etc. Even the fact that the needed object is a mirror-mask. At the very end climax, think of the final image. (I won't spoiler here...)
In that light, the record becomes just a mirror object, a self-reference. I thought it was a clue, too, and it is, but not the obvious one that I first thought.
I am _so_ going to buy the DVD.
 
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The more I think about this movie the more I like it and the more I want to see it again.

This movie may have it's faults (what movie doesn't) but it really it a great movie. It's one of those that requires more than one viewing. I hope this gets a little closer home to me though I would go into Chicago to see it again.

Can't wait for the DVD.


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I saw it tonight. It was as wonderful as I expected. It was very Neil, and very Dave and very excellent.

I didn't think the story was too thin. It was after all, a kids movie. Not all stories have to be complicated. Sometimes it's the way they are presented that is the important part.

The only problem I had with it is the sound mix was pretty bad, in parts the score was so loud that it drowned out the dialogue. Maybe that was just the theater I saw it in.


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I didn't think the story was too thin. It was after all, a kids movie.

(pet peeve. I agree, not all movies have to be complex. Saying it shouldn't be expected to be complex because it's a kid's movie though bugs me.)
 
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Saw this movie after reading all the mixed reviews about it here and other places, so my expectations weren't as high as when I first heard about it.

That being said, I really enjoyed it. The story reminded me a lot of "Labrynth" and "The Never-Ending Story," and as a kid's movie, I think it stands right up there with "Labynth," but probably not as high with TNES. That movie had some complexity in it, which I think is a good thing for movies, whether they're made for kids or not. Harry Potter is another good example of a layered story for kids. I wish it had had a bigger release, because I do think it would have appealed to many more kids who have not yet seen it.

I liked the orbiting giants, the library, and the hard time Valentine had with saying sorry. The acting was much better than I expected. There were some very funny parts, most notable: Valentine's vision of the future and his response: "NO! I DON'T WANT TO BE A WAITER." I was surprised how much I really liked all the stuff that was set in the real world (ie, Helena's aunt's apartment, etc.).

This is far from my favorite thing that Neil has done, but as far as a starting point for what him and Dave McKean can do in film, I felt like it was an exciting promise for things to come.


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The only problem I had with it is the sound mix was pretty bad, in parts the score was so loud that it drowned out the dialogue. Maybe that was just the theater I saw it in.


There was absolutely no problem with the sound where I saw it. In fact, I kept whispering to my friend how much I loved the music - it worked so well with the movie, never feeling too sappy, cliche, etc.
 
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creepy. fabulous. moving.
very new millenia henson. great great great.
perfect spooky tom waits-ian carnival music.
need to see it again, own it on dvd, know it scene by scene by heart.
still sad for the orbiting giants.
 
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I traveled to Rochester last night to see it at the Little Theatre. I really liked it. It was real bizzare, which I expected, but very creepy and funny at the same time. Valentine reminded me of my boss in a way that I really can't explain.
The goth makeover to "Close to You" creeped me out.


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I enjoyed it, the visuals were stunning. We also had a small problem with the score in a couple of places drowning out the dialogue.

Good basic quest-to-save-a-world/someone I love storyline.

I never thought of it as a children's movie. In fact, the friend I went with and I are both parents, and neither of us felt it would work very well for the younger (7 & 8 y.o.) kids.

The inept sphinx was a classic.....

And as I've said elsewhere, not Labyrinth, not Dark Crystal.......my brain perked up it's ears and said "Brazil!"


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I enjoyed it, the visuals were stunning. We also had a small problem with the score in a couple of places drowning out the dialogue.

Good basic quest-to-save-a-world/someone I love storyline.

I never thought of it as a children's movie. In fact, the friend I went with and I are both parents, and neither of us felt it would work very well for the younger (7 & 8 y.o.) kids.

The inept sphinx was a classic.....

And as I've said elsewhere, not Labyrinth, not Dark Crystal.......my brain perked up it's ears and said "Brazil!"


maybe not really a "kids" movie, but definetly pre or early teens.
 
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maybe not really a "kids" movie, but definetly pre or early teens.

Well, I just got back from taking a 6-year-old (i.e. Zoe) and she loved it, so I've gotta disagree about it not being a kids movie
 
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Originally posted by Eldi:
maybe not really a "kids" movie, but definetly pre or early teens.

Well, I just got back from taking a 6-year-old (i.e. Zoe) and she loved it, so I've gotta disagree about it not being a kids movie


Ah, I wasnt saying that kids wouldnt enjoy it, but it seems like early teen agers(13 or so) seem like theyd be the ones to get the most out of it.
 
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Anyway, I was more awake when I saw it this time. There are definitely a few areas where it clunks, but I also noticed new details I hadn't connected before, like Helena's mum's mask at the circus is half light and half dark or that the silly face card Helena drew is the same silly face she made in the library
 
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i LOVED it. I now imitate the sphinxes at dinner "Hungry. Hungry!" I think I have a crush on Valentine, too. Wink I bought the Mirrormask soundtrack RIGHT after seeing the movie at the Kendall Square theater and I can't stop listening to "If I Apologised". BTW, the record in that mask store is just the track "Mrs. Bagwell's Rhumba". The CD even has the skip at the end and the sphinx's purr.


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i thought it was wonderful!! i saw it yesterday and the actress Stephanie Leonisdas and Dave Mckean was there, they said some words before and after the film had finished!!! i was really stoked that they were there!!!!

i loved the bit where she was talking to to the two giants, gave me shivers!!!

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I just saw it. It opened yesterday at a little theater just up the road. It is about a 10 to 15 minute walk.
I liked it. I saw where Neil mentioned in his journal that this story tread on similar ground of Coraline but that this was essentially Mckean's story. I thought there would be some sort of reconciliation between the mother and daughter at the end of the film. I thought the mother might acknowledge her daughter need to broaden her horizons and experience. I thought it was a nice story of frustration and ultimately realizing the most important things in life. Visually it was breathtaking. I have loved Mckeans art ever since I saw the first Sandman cover.
I thought the scenes with the Sphinx were funny and the library.
I might see a matinee on Monday after work.


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I watched it at the BFIs London Film Festival.

One word: Amazing!

I also enjoyed the Q&A afterwards with the actors and Dave McKean


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I thought this would be the best movie of the year, so I was dissapointed. Some cool sequences and visuals, but the actors seemed disinterested. Dunno lacked a certain energy for me. Wouldn't be opposed to seeing it again though.
 
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Any word on a DVD release date for Mirror Mask?
 
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