While I’m not a huge mainstream comic fan, I’m averagely familiar with Marvel’s and DC’s franchises. Really, living in America, it’s hard not to be at least somewhat familiar with them. They are fairly pervasive in the culture, and with the recent string of superhero movies, they are pretty well-known characters. That being said, those familiar with the current state of movies know one thing: Marvel is doing better. Not to say, of course, that Marvel always has masterpiece movies, but Marvel has had more successes in the past few years than DC. In fact, outside of a few Batman movies, such as The Dark Knight, most DC flicks are forgettable or laugh worthy.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Coraline.
Recently, I decided to watch Coraline for the first time. Considering I’m some eight years late, you may be able to guess that I am not particularly the type of person who watches movies often. This is due to the fact that I am pretty picky with movies. I’m in no way an expert on them, of course, and I’ve liked plenty of “bad” movies. However, 90% of movies I watch don’t really do anything for me. Sadly, this movie was no exception. That being said, I know this is a pretty beloved movie, so please understand what I’m about to say is just my opinion. If you love the movie, that’s fantastic, and I hope you’ll continue to support it. For me, however, the movie had many flaws, the primary flaw being the protagonist herself. So, without further ado, let’s jump into my analysis of why Coraline is a terribly written protagonist.