85/365: MIRRORMASK (2005)
Director: Dave McKean
Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry and Rob Brydon
“Helena, a 15-year-old girl in a family of circus entertainers, often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother’s major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. All is not well in this new world - the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it’s up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she’s in a dream, or something far more sinister.”
Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman are such a wonderful pair. From Coraline to The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, they never failed to please me. Both being creative geniuses, their collaborate work always goes beyond all expectations and delivers an extraordinary story each and every time. MirrorMask is no exception. The animation is enough to appall you, going far beyond the term of “visually stunning”, but Gaiman’s story is the icing on the cake. The two work together so perfectly. MirrorMask is absolute perfection. It actually reminded me of The Neverending Story series in a way, although the two are quite different in sense of story and development. The film just has the same sort of affect on you as the childhood favorites did. Mirrormask picks you up in an artistic whirlwind and keeps your head spinning even after it is over. This is a film for everyone even if you’re not a fan of scifi-ish fantasy fiction because there will be something in it that everyone will enjoy. Here’s to more collaborations of excellence from McKean and Gaiman.