Monday, April 17, 2006

Mirrormask: A Brief Review

Watching Mirrormask is a bit like having a particularly vivid dream. It's gloriously, beautifully weird in many places, occasionally bewildering, sometimes derivative, and decidely memorable.

To put it another way....

Recipe for a Mirrormask:

Add:

1 part Wizard of Oz
2 parts Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
1 part author obsessions with books, riddles, and twins
1 part achingly beautiful set/character design
1 part psychedelic mushrooms

Stir.

If you ever enjoyed the Henson company's fantasy films (Labryinth, The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller), then you'll enjoy Mirrormask. If you're simply a fan of strange but passionate small film, then Mirrormask is also for you.

If, however, you're the sort of person who finds stories about quests - featuring eyeballs on spider legs and Monkey-birds named Bob - to be eye-roll inducing and "childish," then go rent that J.Lo comedy you've been eyeing and leave me alone.

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