MirrorMask 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… MirrorMask 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… 2005-09-30 PG PT101M Sci-fi and Fantasy Stephanie Leonidas Jason Barry Robert Brydon Gina McKee Sony Pictures Releasing
Movie Review

MirrorMask (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG
Stephanie Leonidas, MirrorMask | BELLE OF THE BALL A mystical, magical, multi-media gem of a fantasy
Image credit: MirrorMask: © 2004 The Jim Henson Company
BELLE OF THE BALL A mystical, magical, multi-media gem of a fantasy
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2005; Rated: PG; Length: 101 Minutes; Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Stephanie Leonidas; Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

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.''

Originally posted Sep 28, 2005 Published in issue #843 Oct 07, 2005 Order article reprints