Mirrormask | Chicago Reader

Mirrormask

Produced by the Jim Henson Company, this fantasy by designer-director Dave McKean delivers a torrent of mind-blowing graphics, but the characters are so poorly realized that the visuals quickly overwhelm the story. Stephanie Leonidas stars as a teenager frustrated by her parents' business, a Felliniesque circus (at one point she cries, “I want to run away and join real life!”). After her mother falls ill, the heroine travels through the looking glass into a macabre world populated by fiendish spiders, animals with human faces, and other bizarros. Like the recent Japanese import Steamboy, this is worth seeing for the artwork alone, but it's so furiously overimagined it may leave you feeling dulled. Comic book author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) wrote the script.

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