Friday, 23 November 2012

ParaNorman (2012)

Tom:
ParaNorman,2012,USA
Director: Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick & Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Aggie: But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?
Norman Babcock: Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere.

'ParaNorman' is the 2012 stop motion animated adventure comedy, while the film has been praised by most, it has also shunned by parents, believed to be a film targeted for children, 'ParaNorman' has apparently frightened children and created a storm, but is it deserved ? and do animated films have to automatically have to be 'Kids films' ?

Norman is a lonely kid with a special gift, he can see ghosts and talk to dead people, due to his abilities his is forced into saving his town from Zombies,ghost and a horrible past that is coming back to haunt them.

Stop motion films never fail to amaze and leave me in awe, and 'ParaNorman' is no different, in fact it may just be the best film of its kind since Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr Fox', not that there has really been many. 'ParaNorman' is so beautifully and intricately detailed that their were honestly moments were I was just completely immersed in this world and even forgot that it was even animated, Which is always a positive.

'ParaNorman' is a surprisingly emotional experience, which I didn't see coming, its message of people being universally afraid of what they don't understand, and not being able to understand unique people. Its actually a really sad reality and its very well portrayed in this film by both Norman and Aggie.

'ParaNorman' is obviously heavily influenced by other films, of course its influence by 'The Sixth Sense', its almost felt like a animated sequel to that film,almost. There is of course influence from plenty of classic horror, Zombie films in particular, i.e George A Romero's Dead trilogy. I also felt a lot of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible', which used the Salem witch trials as an allegory, similar to what 'ParaNorman' does.

The film features a very solid voice cast, Kodi Smit-McPhee is good in the title role, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann & Jeff Garlin all provide great and humorous support. John Goodman is also great in a small role.

The film is very well made by Chris Butler & Sam Fell, they very much show their passion for horror films and the themes displayed in the film. The visual effects in the film are just terrific, Its really fantastic and utterly beautiful.

In my mind, it is just complete idiocy that parents are ridiculing this film, and I hate the fact that animated films automatically become labeled as children's property, If children do see this film then they may just get a valuable life lesson on acceptance, sometimes parents are the most childish.

'ParaNorman' is a vibrant, funny and even thrilling film that is almost hard not to enjoy, There is a lot to like for both kids and adults.

***1/2

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