A quite literally cartoonishly awful protagonist, a plot that makes no sense, lowbrow humor, and terrible gender dynamics add up to an unpleasant retro mess.
With links to my reviews. I’ll be adding reviews of the last few films I haven’t yet covered between now and the Oscars.
What will it take for the assumption to stop being automatic? An R-/15-rated animated film? Is such a thing even possible in the existing business environment for films?
Dismal, yet profound and pungent, ParaNorman makes its points in ways more sharp and brutal than other “children’s” films. This is a story about ostracism and bigotry taken to extremes, and about our own unspoken prejudices and assumptions.