Monday, September 29, 2014

Movie review: "The Boxtrolls"

This movie was advertised A LOT.. every time I saw a kid's movie, I would see a little intro of "The Boxtrolls" and every time I saw a different preview, my curiosity spiked even more...
I went in with mixed expectations; knowing that the movie was created by the same people who made "Coraline" and "Paranorman" I had a feeling it would be a little "weird" but the characters also looked so cute that I honestly didn't know what to expect.
I will start by saying that just as expected, the story line was NEVER clear to me; there were boxtrolls hiding in the sewers, running around with a kid and trying to escape the boxtrolls "exterminators", but the why and how of the story was never fully developed.
I don't think the story provides enough background in regards to how the boxtrolls came about or what the issue was with them... yes they do give a little info as to why people think they are evil, but I never really got the part of where they came from, what they do, what their purpose is, etc....
Also, there was never really a climax to this story.  The evil character's sole purpose was to earn a "white hat" so he can join the "cheese tasters" in a secret room.  Among the many things that weren't so endearing about the movie was the fact that the residents of the town had a strange fixation on cheese and the movie revolves around the value of exotic cheeses, which I don't think is a topic kids can really relate to.
Overall the characters were rather strange and despite the perfect animation and colorful scenes, the movie just never took off and even though the kids seemed to be enjoying it, it just fell flat.  There wasn't really anything too interesting about this film and it was borderline "creepy" and truly boring for my taste.
There was a subtle "feel good" message about family at the end of the movie but even that wasn't too clear and I'm sure the kids didn't really "get it"...
I would NOT recommend this movie to anyone with young children and there is a clear reason as to why it's rated PG and not G.  I give this one 1 out of 4 stars.. not worth it in my opinion....

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