Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous fairy tale that’s scary, sweet, and full of tough emotions that kids’ movies often avoid.
There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away.
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.
So totally radical: A little boy gets the message that he’s totally awesome and can even save the world…
I gotta go with The Hobbit. I think I might well be happy to have no other movie but The Hobbit to watch this year.