Flash Movie Review: The Boxtrolls

Guilt by association can be a decision based on a visual observation. What someone is essentially doing is making a judgement about you without having any knowledge of you. I have always taken offense to this type of discrimimation. It does not matter if it was family members or friends; I could never understand how people just assumed everyone in a group was the same, as if we were all made out of the same mold. The first time I became aware I was being judged was in school. Having been a larger sized boy than the average student, when it came to any athletic activity, I was usually one of the last students still standing before being picked for a team. Though I was too young to really understand the mindset, it did not take long before I became aware of many incidents involving me and various other students. The interesting aspect was witnessing how if a person repeated the same misconception over and over, others started to believe it was true. The outcome sometimes would be upsetting, other times humorous.    ARCHIBALD Snatcher, voiced by Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Iron Man 3), was determined to capture every single last Boxtroll if it was the last thing he would do. He had made a promise to Lord Portley-Rind, voiced by Jared Harris (Pompeii, Natural Born Killers). Eggs, voiced by Isaac Hempstead (Closed Circuit, The Awakening), who had been raised by Boxtrolls since he was a baby, needed to seek out townsfolk who would believe him when he said Boxtrolls were decent and good. It was the only chance he had to save his family. This stop action animated comedy was so much fun. The clever animation was done in such a creative way that I sat with my eyes glued to the screen. With the array of different actors’ voices, including Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) as Winnie, I found myself believing the characters. The script had its twist of British humor that was not only amusing, but made one pay attention to the sly comments that were being scattered about. Also, the distinctive look of each character worked splendidly with the script’s speech. I am not sure young children will understand some of the humor; however, with a bad villain, wild scenes and plenty of physical comedy they will still enjoy watching this adventure movie. As a fan of most film genres and my avoidance of any movie publicity before seeing a film, this picture reaffirmed one of the reasons I love movies; it provided a joyful surprise with its uniqueness. Never assume just because it is an animated movie that it will be a cartoon. There was an extra behind the scenes segment in the middle of the lively credits.

 

3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 30, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. We are taking our four sons and a couple of friends to see this movie this weekend as part of a birthday treat. I love the animation style (and loved Paranorman) so I’m glad it’s a good film.

  2. We went to see the movie yesterday and, as promised, I am back with my review of it. We took six kids (boys aged 5-11) to see the movie and they were all engaged throughout and enjoyed it. We all agreed, adults and kids alike, that Snatcher is one of the best villains we have seen on screen in a long time. He is properly malevolent, vile and wicked but with a motivation that is relateable. The Box Trolls themselves are a delight and if I had one criticism of the film it would be that there is just not quite enough of them in it. (My only other criticism is Elle Fanning’s voice acting – not good.) My younger kids now all want a box troll of their very own. They really are a wonderful invention. I love Laika’s animation style and am awe-struck by the attention to detail in their modelling and in the movement created. My kids and I love that balance of macabre and cute that Laika create so we were not disappointed by the artistry of the movie.

  3. As a lover of stop-motion animation, this was something right up my alley (especially that post -credits scene). The film itself was much better than I thought it would be, which is always a plus!

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