Year 11 Film Studies Student’s Favourite Films pt2

Coraline – This film has a Tim Burton esque feel to it, the dull, gothic aesthetic reflects his artwork and stories. This is because director Henry Selick helped direct and produce one of Tim Burton’s most iconic films, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ However, Coraline is much more twisted and the world she lives in is almost nightmarish. Bruno Coulais created a soundtrack to perfectly match the haunting animation and visual masterpiece the film is, the sound further boosts the tension, the ghostly choir and whispers used in the opening theme are incredibly effective, making one feel shivers down their spine. The costumes the characters wear in Coraline’s reality are nothing unusual, the only thing that sticks out is her yellow raincoat. It becomes a staple throughout the film, just like Georgie’s did in ‘It’. Though the films seem different they seem to follow the same theme, while Pennywise terrorises children with their fears, Coraline’s ‘Other Mother’ or The Beldam lures children in with treats and a perfect life only to take their souls in return.

 The concept itself is dark, but the button eyes which make every character look so dead behind the eyes are far more unnerving. Pete Kozachik, the cinematographer, also worked in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and the ‘Corpse Bride’, all films feature eerie and odd shots. But ‘Coraline’ doesn’t follow the same colour scheme, Burton keeps his animations lighthearted with greens and oranges which almost make the film seem more comedic. ‘Coraline’ has a bleak tone throughout, the lighting is almost always dark and foggy and it possibly represents the blur between Coraline’s reality and her nightmares/dreams. 

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Year 11 Film Studies Student’s Favourite Films pt1

My favourite film is Into The Looking Glass (2016), an adaptation of the Lewis Carol story  was directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton Tim Burton. Burton is famed for films such as Dumbo (2019) and Big Eyes (2014).

 Stars include, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, he has also starred in films such as Cry-Baby (1990), Mia Wasikowska who plays Alice and has also starred in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) , Matt Lucas who plays Tweedledee and Tweedledum and has also starred in Come Fly With Me (2010 TV Series), Helena Bonham-Carter who plays he Red Queen and has also starred in Fight Club (1999) , Anne Hathaway who plays the White Queen and has also starred in Oceans 8 (2018). 

 The music in Alice Into The Looking Glass is by Danny Elfman, the costume designer was Colleen Atwood, the cinematography director was Stuart Dryburgh.

This film follows the story of a young girl called Alice (Mia Wasikowska) who once followed a rabbit down a rabbit hole and came out into Wonderland but now that she has left wonderland and has grown up  no longer has any recollection of this place except for in her dreams. At her and her fiance’s garden party Alice spots the white rabbit which led her down the rabbit hole before and she follows it once more and meets her friends again , such as The Cheshire Cat (voice acted by Stephen Fry) and The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Alice soon realises that she is meant to end the Red Queen’s rule.

 I find the writing and the relationships between all of the characters as a truly beautiful thing. There are many points throughout this film which I find deeply sentimental and often evoking tears. This film is filled with amazing characters and acting, including one more menacing character known as Time (Sascha Baron Cohen), Time has a very unnerving personality. The setting of this film creates a fantasy world that is astonishing and beautiful however there are many parts in this film that bring that darkness that Burton is Known for to the text.