Wednesday, December 31, 2014

REWIND REVIEW: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

Isaac Hempstead-Wright,
Ben Kingsley


September 26, 2014

Graham Annable,
Anthony Stacchi

Focus Features, LAIKA

1 hour 37 minutes



After the successes of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," it has been shown that Focus Features and LAIKA are forces to be reckoned with, and their latest project "The Boxtrolls" continues to prove that.  By not forcing in numerous pop culture references and instead giving us fascinating heroes and villains, directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, along with screenwriters Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, have told a story that is both timeless and entertaining to watch.  The message about it being ok to be different is something that lots of kids these days need to hear considering all of the discrimination going on around the world.  The villains were too outlandish for my taste, and the film dragged on a little, but at the end of the day, "The Boxtrolls" is a well-made, funny, sweet, and pretty great family movie that kids will definitely enjoy and possibly even rewatch again and again.

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