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Mirrormask (2005)

Cast: Jason Barry, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, more...
Director: Dave McKean, Dave McKean
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Foreign, Kids, Live Action, Fantasy
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
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Celebrated sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman, who created the Sandman series, scripted this visually adventurous fantasy. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a 15-year-old girl who has spent nearly her entire life on the road, traveling with her parents Joanne and Morris (Gina McKee and Rob Brydon), who make a living as circus performers. One night, Helena wishes for a quieter and more stable life, only to panic when her mother falls seriously ill, ending up in the hospital. Afraid she's caused her mother's illness, Helena slips into an alternate reality known as the Dark Lands, where nearly everything behaves differently and all is ruled by the Queen of Light and the Prime Minister (also played by McKee and Brydon). As it happens, the Queen of Shadows' daughter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Helena, has gone missing; the Queen of Light has fallen unconscious as a result; and both queens' minders are looking for the child. As Helena struggles to make her way back to her own world to help her own mother, she discovers the Queen of Shadows' daughter has taken her place. Helena is aided in her journey by a gifted juggler named Valentine (Jason Barry), and together they seek to access a magic charm which will return everyone to the land where they belong. MirrorMask was produced by the Jim Henson Company, with most of the sets and many of the characters created using digital-effects technology. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Dave McKean isn't merely wildly prolific; he's wildly prolific in a wide range of artistic disciplines: illustration, photography, comics, music, writing and film. In an exclusive interview for GreenCine, McKean talks about turning one of his many collaborations with Neil Gaiman into his first feature, MirrorMask. Full Article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Eye candy by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 4:10 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Even before you realize this is an out-and-out fantasy, the opening scenes are stuffed full of ravishing visuals in the form of theatrical masks and the really lovely drawings of our young heroine, a reluctant member of a traveling circus family. But then when she enters the dreamworld, the visuals really take off. The story and the allegory are perfectly nice, no huge stretch but appealing and satisfying. It's the delightful imaginative art that makes this movie a stunner. I believe I'll rent it again soon.

Beautiful, but... by jujuwiz March 22, 2006 - 7:38 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The look of the movie did manage to keep me enchanted through to the end. Unfortunately, the other reviewer is right; the story and writing is sadly lacking. I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, but there were maybe only two lines throughout the entire movie where I saw his normally strong writing shine through. Still, pretty and fun to watch.

Dream On. And on.... by talltale February 24, 2006 - 3:18 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Crammed with invention and imagination, MIRRORMASK makes good use of animation & special effects that seem original and subtle by comparison with much of what comes out of Hollywood these days. Yet as directed by Dave McKean as a near-non-stop dream and written by Neil Gaiman (with McKean) in a jumble of clichés and overly-precious humor, the movie is desperately weak on story-telling skills.

I lasted out just over half of it before getting back to life and work, which, by contrast, seemed pleasurably down-to-earth, nicely specific and not without its own brand of fun. I usually enjoy fantasy, so this reaction indeed surprised me. This may be faint praise, but I guess I ought to be grateful for any movie that makes me better appreciate my own waking and dreaming life.

GreenCine Member Rating

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Entertaining a middle school girl
She's only twelve and she already knows everything and she's seen it all. What movie (not starring Will Farrel) could possibly entertain her?
Eclectic Taste ~ Always a WIP
Such a lame title for a list, but an eclectic taste deserves an eclectic list. Be forewarned, I have superficial tastes.

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