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The counter-tenor had already seen the movie twice, but for us four, it was the first time. Mirrormask only opened in the UK on Friday. The ICA art house theater - located right on St. James Park - astoundingly skipped previews entirely and went straight to the opening credits. We slipped into our red velvet seats just in time.

The movie is a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, so I've been intrigued about it for quite a while now; it was also a very appropriate movie to see in the company of Serial Diners. In the way of international movie releases, the movie came out on DVD in North America before it reached screens in the UK, yet it had played in few enough places that I had not actually read much in the way of reviews before seeing it.

The framing plot was fairly cliché - young woman anxious about mother's ailment and life-threatening operation - but so much about it wasn't. The dream logic of the setting and its interactions was lovely, uncertain streets and half-defined buildings. The visuals has moments of the extraordinary - I particularly loved the fish. It was a movie with a great deal of humor, including a great moment with a possibly charmed chicken. The journeys through the setting were sometimes vague, justified by the core quest of how the main character can take control over her own dreams. The plot sufficed, but it was not the movie's greatest strength. The visuals and some of the incidental characters were the highlights: I particularly liked the confusable riddling sphinx and the monkeybirds. The lessons in how susceptible books are to their readers' good will was quite cumulatively satisfying as well.

Afterwards, we ran into friends of C.E.'s, the counter-tenor and a harpsichordist. The counter-tenor assured us that we'd get even more out of the movie on further viewings. I'm tempted to find out if he's right.


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Mar. 8th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
That sounds interesting, although not like my usual type of silly comedy film that I like to watch. I may have to be adventurous.
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Plus, Stephanie Leonidas is pretty.
Mar. 8th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
And she goths up gorgeously.
Mar. 8th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
green_trilobite & I got the DVD last week. What you said. I could have sworn that was Hugh Laurie as the sphinx(es), but it turned out to be Robert Llewellyn (Kryton). Incidentally, there was an ad on tv last night for something that involved a woman coming home to a man who we eventually realize is a human actor playing the role of her cat:
(man is perched on a table.)
Woman (opens door): Hubert! I'm home!
Man: (staring at her) Did you bring meat?
Mar. 8th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
I especially liked the pop-up, animated toy expositional theatre that the Prime Minister pulled out of a little cube: brilliant! The accompanying band was on a par with the 5-6-7-8s! If we really had those things PowerPoint would disappear overnight. The Harpiscordist said that there were actually a lot of musical jokes and tributes in the soundtrack. /D-the-houseguest
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it yet. Sadly. I did see an interview with Gaimen on 'Attack of the Show' where he was saying that when he was approached to do mirror mask they basically said to him.. we want you to make a movie thats like a new 'Labyrinth'.
Mar. 9th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Woohoo! It's on the way from Netflix as we speak. I get to watch it if I am productive on the paper this weekend!
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