Neil Gaiman’s work is my life. But when I’m asked what my favourite project is by him… Most people question my sanity.
When you think of Gaiman, you think:
American Gods, Coraline, Stardust, The Sandman, and Good Omens.
For me, I think of something a little different…
I think of MirrorMask.
This is a film that Gaimen and Dave McKean wrote and created together, it came out in 2005 and potentially has one of my favourite casts.
The problem I have is, when I say MirrorMask, people ask what I’m talking about…
The film was created with an extremely small budget! Just $4 million, in fact. For context, Coraline had a $60 million budget.
Besides the small budget, it had a fantastic cast but it officially flopped.
MirrorMask, with a budget of $4 million, only brought in $973,613 in the box office…
Personally, I think it was down to marketing. The marketing for the film was minimal from what I can remember, it seemed like they relied a little too heavily on its premier at Sundance and the trailer doesn’t sell it well.
Overall, it got a good response from audiences, but critics were mixed.
The aesthetic of the film was praised greatly, but the story was put down.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never watched or read anything by Neil Gaiman that has ever been terrible – and MirrorMask was no different.
McKean and Gaiman created a beautiful mirrored world in this film, so much so that it became my hyperfixation for at least five years…
If you like the idea of watching a film based around a circus teen falling into an imaginary world of her creation, meeting a number of masked individuals, and ultimately trying to save two kingdoms and the real world: MirrorMask is for you.
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