South Africans finally get to see the latest film from the creators of Paranorman and Coraline. As they say, better late than never.
The Boxtrolls is the story of a young boy named Eggs who lives underground with a strange race of trolls. The Boxtrolls are a race of tinkerers who scavenge the city at night for spare (and not-so-spare) parts, but an exterminator with delusions of grandeur will not stop until they’ve all been destroyed. It’s up to Eggs to save his home and friends from destruction.
- Amazing stop-motion animation (animation fans should watch it just for this reason)!
- Mostly great voice acting (particular mention goes to Richard Ayoade, who plays one of the supporting characters)
- It’s pretty funny (a lot of the wordplay is great)
- An ending that literally surprises you
- The scene that happens during the credits (animators will absolutely love this scene)
- It took me a while to warm up to Elle Fanning’s portrayal of Winnie
- Reasonably well paced but mostly predictable story
- Aimed more at kids…
- … which means far less complex themes than their previous film, ParaNorman
ParaNorman, the last film by Studio Laika, is one of my favourite films ever. I’ve seen ParaNorman at least 6 times, and have watched the ending of the film many more times than that. Needless to say, I had high hopes for Boxtrolls. So how does Boxtrolls compare? Overall I felt like Boxtrolls was… not necessarily a step back, but it was definitely a safe step sideways. It lacks some of the riskier choices the studio made with ParaNorman, which is what made ParaNorman such a great movie. This is not to say The Boxtrolls is a bad film. Far from it. It’s just that Boxtrolls ends up being a pretty good film, instead of being a great one.
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