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Top Three Reasons to Avoid Neil Gaiman’s Mirrormask

Top Three Reasons to Avoid Neil Gaiman’s Mirrormask

Neil Gaiman’s Mirrormask brings pain to depressed people. It’s something horrific and distressing, vile and repugnant. Under no circumstances should someone struggling with genuine depression, especially those who feel worthless and hopeless, watch this movie.

Have I convinced my readers to stay away from this British flick? I hope so. As someone who struggles with depression, I felt only despair about the real world as this movie played. Ultimately, movie lovers should avoid this movie for three reasons:

It’s a terrible remake of Alice in Wonderland.

In Disney’s animated version, Alice in Wonderland showed how a young girl worked through real-life problems through a vividly imaginative dream. The real-person version with Johnny Depp took one step further and indicated Alice as actually having gone to a place called Wonderland. Though both contained dark elements, the fictional characters and surrounding scenery remained lighthearted and true-to-form.

Neil Gaiman’s Mirrormask took a different, and absolutely, unquestionably dark, approach. For while the heroine Helena recognized a few caricatures as real-life representations, the other characters and the surrounding background was dramatically distorted and twisted. Something to cause viewers to worry for the young girl.

It shows the ugliness of real life with an extra smear of bad.

God has blessed me with people who love me and have the ability to support me when I struggle financially and emotionally. People who struggle the same way under different circumstances go hungry and live in rundown apartment complexes. Helena, her parents, and all their friends lived in such circumstances.

On the other hand, director Neil Gaiman seemed to amp up their dire situations with lethal situations and no help to be found. They suffered silently, but remained strong, until Helena’s mother came down with cancer. She went to the hospital, and the circus shut down. It was then Helena found her dreamworld, personal and dark.

It gives false hope to people in desperate situations.

If situational or chronic depression exists in people’s lives, then they should avoid this movie at all costs. On the day my husband suggested watching this movie, I had come home early from work because I couldn’t stop crying. Seeing Helena fight for a better future as a new and self-improved person seemed too unreal and hokey.

Only God can change people, and as King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, luck and chance happen to us all. So, people can read self-improvement books to their heart’s content, but only miracles change the course for an individual’s sinful, well-tread path. In my opinion, it’s best to pray for help, for a stroke of luck, instead of beating ourselves up in trying to change the dark elements in our own lives.

Mirrormask may need to wait for a better day.

Maybe I would like this British movie more on a happier and less emotional day. Maybe Neil Gaiman placed all his characters in better situations in the end. Somehow, I doubt it. If anything, a self-created miracle happened in Helena’s life, and I don’t believe people can change on their own selves. Thank you, Doctor Gregory House.

Feel free to shout at me for reviewing an unfinished movie. Or tell me how it ends and how I despaired over nothing. Any comments are welcome.