Film Review – ParaNorman (2012)

Film: ParaNorman
Released: 2012
Director: Chris Butler
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee (voice), Anna Kendrick (voice),  Christopher Mintz-Plasse (voice), John Goodman (voice)

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

What I thought of it:
I saw the trailer for this some time ago and immediately thought it looked all kinds of awesome. This, as any movie-goer will probably tell you, is a mistake – if you go into a film expecting something to blow your socks off, you’re going to come out a little disappointed. Such was the case here – but not too disappointed, because it really is pretty good.

It’s rare that you get a film so dark aimed at kids, and this really is dark – its even a little scary in places (seriously, if you think your kid might get nightmares after seeing animated zombies lurching across the screen in search of brains, don’t let them watch this!), although it never actually gets gruesome or gory.

Essentially, it’s about being different, about accepting those who are different about listening to and trying to understand others, and those are fine messages to give to kids of all ages. There are some laughs (although not as many as I expected – again, I fell victim to the curse of the awesome trailer!), the characters are all great, and the story is pretty neat too. To be honest, if I hadn’t seen the trailer, I probably would have awarded another star.

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Not just for Halloween!


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