Year: 2001
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Henry Selick
Writer: Sam Hamm/Kaja Blackley
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro, Whoopi Goldberg, Rose McGowan, Chris Kattan

Brendan Fraser was the only reason I wanted to see this film, and I was more pleasantly surprised with the premise and the execution that I thought I'd be. When I realised who directed it I wasn't too surprised to see this was an early effort by Tim Burton protégé Henry Selick of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.

Every time I thought it was going to be an irritating kids' movie it veered off course towards more adult (or at least, not so light and fluffy) comic territory, and Fraser was as much a pleasure to watch as always despite floundering at times.

He plays Stu, a comic strip artist who's just hit the big time with his character Monkeybone but who just wants to stay out of the spotlight and enjoy life with his cute girlfriend (Fonda).

After a car accident puts him in a coma he travels to a strange, Selick/Burton-like land of gothic architecture, fantastical realms and funny and grotesque inhabitants including his titular alter ego from his comic strip.

Realising he has to return home to claim the girl grieving over him, Stu plots with Monkeybone to travel to the land of Death (Goldberg) and return to Earth, but at the last second Monkeybone double crosses him and returns instead, inhabiting Stu's body and living the high life while Stu tries to get back to Earth to get his life back.

I read another review that compared it to Batman scribes.

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