The Boxtrolls (2014)

Directed By – Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi

Screenplay By – Irena Brignull & Adam Pava

Starring Isaac Hempstead Wright & Elle Fanning

96 min.

I was highly anticipating The Boxtrolls. Coming from LAIKA, the studio that did Coraline and ParaNorman, I was expecting great great things from The Boxtrolls.

As we all know expectations can play a huge part in how you receive a movie but if a movie is truly great than it will speak for itself no matter the expectations. I just think The Boxtrolls isn’t all the great. It’s solid at best, but it is no ParaNorman, and it is definitely no Coraline.

I think where The Boxtrolls misses its mark is that it is too much, good guy versus bad guy structure. Both Coraline and Norman are complex characters. Plain and simple, Eggs doesn’t have much dynamism. And his quest is laid out for him in the prologue. There’s no room for mystery or suspense, two traits Coraline and ParaNorman excel at.

With The Boxtrolls you know exactly how it will end in the first five minutes and thus you ultimately want the movie to get to where you know it will go and don’t enjoy the ride between all that much.

LAIKA you have not lost my faith, I’m still behind you 200%.

God Bless America

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