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Magnus' Review of MirrorMask

rated it: posted: Oct 27, 2006
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I suspect this is one of those movies that's ahead of its time. A friend of mine brought it over to watch and, quite honestly, I've never seen anything like it. It has a mystical fantasy plot that is original in its own way, but it's the atmosphere of the thing that really brought me in. If there is such a thing as an avant garde narrative animation, this would be it.

While there is room for interpretation in the story, my impression was that a teenage girl working in a circus struggles to make sense of her life, and spends a good deal of her spare time doodling abstract drawings and ideas in her room. At one point part of her wakes up in the night and enters the world of her visions, where all her stories and characters and strange ideas exist around her, while another part of her continues to live in the real world...or at least, every now and then she is able to see consequences of possible courses she might take in the near future of her real life. Meanwhile she fights to defend the dream world she has become a part of and the ideals she has so long held dear.

If you're into those crazy 3-D shapes and humanoid structures you might find at a modern art exhibit, this film is for you. If you're all about graphics and catchy CG, you'd probably enjoy this, too. And if you like to lose yourself in dreams and fantasy every now and then, I'd recommend this to you, too. The reason I didn't give it a full four stars is simply because, while I did enjoy it, the story wasn't something that truly took my breath away.

But yeah, check it out! It's a shame this animation isn't more widely circulated and appreciated.

animated movie MirrorMask © Jim Henson's Creature Shop
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