MirrorMask: © 2004 The Jim Henson Company
Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 28, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MirrorMask

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/30/05
performer
Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Robert Brydon, Gina McKee
director
Dave McKean
distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing
author
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A-

Kingdoms of light and dark, puppets and masks startling as any at a Bauhaus ball, CG effects and digital animation employed with avant-garde panache in a live-action adventure, and the search for a magical object… it’s quite useless, really, to describe the remarkable cinema fantasy MirrorMask without losing somebody, somewhere, who says, ”Ooh, no puppets for me” and therefore skips the trip. That’s too bad, because this dazzling reverie of a kids-and-adults movie, an unusual collaboration between lord-of-the-cult multimedia artist Dave McKean and king-of-the-comics Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), has something to astonish everyone. What you do need is time and a mindset prepared to dawdle, because MirrorMask unspools with the rambling, intuitive digressions of a dream, especially as Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), a restless 15-year-old girl working for her family’s circus, embarks on her hunt for the title item. I’m particularly fond of the Monkeybirds and sphinxes who make appearances, and I’m usually the type to say, ”Ooh, no Monkeybirds for me.”

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