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Monday, July 24, 2006

Mirrormask (DVD Review)
posted by jepster2006

A fantastical story guided by amazing visuals, a fantasy treat!

Neil Gaiman does it again. A fantastical story accompanied by the wonderful vision of Dave McKean. It’s not often we get masterpieces like these. A visual treat added with a deep but linear story that will surely touch everyone’s hearts.

Mirrormask focuses on the life of Helena, daughter of a Circus master who dreams to go big with the circus. Unlike many children, Helena despises or is bored in helping around or performing in the Circus that her father manages. She’d rather choose to live a life in the real world. Her mother has a serious talk with her and that is where the whole story evolves into a wonderful tale of mystery and adventure. Their talk involves her mother saying that she (Helena) would be the death of her (Mother/Joanne). Helena’s answer leads to an event that any child would feel guilty of.


What is most astonishing about this film are the visuals. Dave McKean creates the most unique characters and envisions a world that only a few people could ever imagine. The best part is a lot of the creature effects were done utilizing only a $4 million budget. Also, the live footage was only shot for two weeks in a blue screen studio. The movie also started with 15 animators. From what I heard, they were all fresh graduates, which means they get to work on a film for their first jobs. But weeks went by until the budget slowly diminished and had to let go animators until Dave McKean was left. Dave McKean was now in charge of, Pre-production, Production, and Post production. This leads to conclude that Dave McKean was in fact almost 100% involved with making the film. Watching the film and realizing these points make you appreciate the film a whole lot more. For the visuals truly guide the story in a fantastic way that you’ll never want to gaze your eyes on something else.


This film though, isn’t for everybody. It has very less action, and killing, or karate Kung-Fu. It’s more for those fantasy fans and for those who have a great sense of imagination. Also, this film is more for the audiences who like to talk about their interpretations on films rather than what scene they liked or how hot Brad Pitt was in Troy. This movie is very deep and for audiences who like their movies weird, but sensible.

I love this film. It is certainly one of the best films ever conceived on screen. With a tight budget and a small staff, this film is a masterpiece. A lot of films are given a very large budget but result in a mess. Congratulations Neil and Dave, you have a big fan in me. I wish for more.

Rating: 10/10

Comments on "Mirrormask (DVD Review)"

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Blogger Monthly Retconn said ... (5:39 PM) : 

Whoa, wait a minute, who said this is Jabs blog? And what to you mean EXCHANGE?
Hehehehe, not being hostile just being funny. :)

And um, you have hurt Jepster's feelings... this IS HIS article you know.... not Jabs'

 

Blogger jepster2006 said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Yeah, wassup with that? And every transaction must be addressed to the boss. Mr. Retconn.

 

Blogger Chip Chief said ... (5:25 PM) : 

how does this compare to labyrinth or dark crystal?

 

Blogger jepster2006 said ... (5:48 PM) : 

Hmmm... I haven't seen those films yet... Do you have a trailer of some sort?

 

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