Coraline is a gentler Pan’s Labyrinth. The story-line is pretty straightforward, but that doesn’t mean it’s dull. It’s genuinely thrilling and exciting while remaining playful. The least you can say about Coraline is that it’s cool to see good surrealist film making a comeback in popular film.
The concept is what really makes this film interesting: a crazy old bat in a parrallel world sending out dolls to spy on lonely kids so that she can eventually steal and eat them. Awesome.