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Science Fiction - Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection - Mirrormask

Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection
Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee
Directed by Dave McKean
Sony Pictures Home Video
101 minutes

Part of Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection along with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, the fantasy DVD Mirrormask is a story about a teenage girl who is involved, much to her distaste, in the family business.  The family has no ordinary business, however; they are in the circus.  Helena, the teenager, played by Stephanie Leonidas, and her mother (Gina McKee) have a bitter argument, and harsh words are spoken.  Things go from bad to worse when the mother collapses, and Helena must deal with the guilt of believing that she is responsible for her mother's illness.  When she goes to bed that night, she is transported to a parallel magical world where she must try to rescue the white queen.

Mirrormask is amazing.  I found it hypnotizing, and hard to watch at the same time. The effects really capture a dream world, and you feel truly transported to another dimension.  You are drawn in to the story, and the dream.  The otherworldly quality of Helena's dream is so convincing that it makes you look away to focus on something in the real world.

The way this fantasy movie starts out as realistic, and slowly changes into the convincing world of dreams is mesmerizing.  It is a perfect depiction of how dreams really occur; elements from our daily life mixed in with fantastic and bizarre creatures that can only come from our imagination.  Which is something that needs to be mentioned...the imagination power behind this movie is remarkable.  

The actors in Mirrormask, part of Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection, also do very well in this movie.  There are several actors that portray two characters, in both in the "real" world and in the "dream" world.  The characters in the dream world are very convincing, despite the fact that some faces are covered with masks.

For movie buffs who like to be transported to another world this is a movie not to be missed.

The box set Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection includes Mirrormask, the excellent Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal.

Carolyn Genge

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