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Rated PG for crude humor and some intense action
posted Aug 24, 2012 - 9:21:25am
Just to start off, forget every preview you ever saw from ParaNorman. Personally, I was dreading sitting through this newest flick from the team that brought moviegoers Coraline. Much to my surprise, though, it turned out to be a really great film.
It’s not so much that ParaNorman is a new-age classic, but it packs some incredible messages every child should learn and does so in an easily accessible manner without coming across as preachy. Parents will like the film well enough, but also they will enjoy knowing their kids enjoyed it.
In a unique blend of genres, ParaNorman creates what will probably be one of the next great children’s Halloween movies by blending humors and a homage to the terrible B-Horror films of yesteryear. From zombies moaning "braaaaains" to a synthesizer-inspired soundtrack, the movie pulls all of its elements together to create something great.
The story follows a young boy named Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who lives his life as an outcast because of his ability to talk with the dead. Constantly bullied and misunderstood, Norman feels all alone. That is, until it becomes his responsibility to save the town from a 300-year-old curse that will raise the dead. So, he reluctantly sets off with his new friend Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), local bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), ditzy sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) and muscle-brained jock Mitch (Casey Affleck) to battle zombies and ghosts for the fate of the town that treated him like a freak.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
Suffice it to say, ParaNorman stands a good chance at going toe-to-toe with Pixar's Brave at the Oscars: It’s that good. Even if you don’t have any rugrats of your own, it’s a great movie that will touch on enough nostalgic elements and universal themes to let you escape from the monotony of everyday life. Plus, the film is very pretty, enough so to be worth the extra bucks for 3D.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 4 1/2 stars, 5 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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