Thursday, August 30, 2012

Movie Review: ParaNorman

My second visit to the MBO Cineplex at KSL Mall, and as usual we couldn't resist the temptation of the charges (RM22 ~ about SGD9) to pay for pair of movie tickets in JB. What even thrills us more was that 'ParaNorman' is released in Malaysia's theatres. Therefore we decided to take this chance to purchase our tickets for this movie. My previous visit to this cineplex had me experience seats that were very comfortable, but this time we were surprised by the quality of the film which was way better than the previous visit. However, the whole theatre was so cold (cool fans were blowing in full blast), the moment I stepped into the theatre. * Not too worry, it doesn't affect my movie, but for better enjoyment, I will remember to bring sweater/jacket for my next visit*
 
 
--- Posters of ParaNorman ---



 
'ParaNorman' is a 3D stop -motion animated adventure horror film about ghosts, spirits, zombies and witch's curse. The film director is Chris Butler, a storyboard artist who honed his skills on Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride' and Henry Selick's 'Coraline'.

 
This movie takes place in New England town of Blithe Hollow where there is an infamous history of witches. 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), is a out-of-place kid who loves zombie movies and has a ability to talk to dead. Due to him being misunderstood and always sem to be talking to himself, he was outcast in his school and his own family.

 
In school, Norman is a target for a bully named Alvin (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who is a brute and an idiot. Things get a little complicated when his uncle, Prenderghast (voiced by John Goodman), a hulking bum who lives in a dilapidated house in the woods contacts Norman and passes his responsibilities in the town after his uncle dies, and his mission is to stop the witch's curse before the sun goes down.
 
A twist on the witch's identity makes an unexpectedly move and thoughtful parable on acceptance and empathy. The voice acting was great and the animation is superb too.
4/5


Stop-motion animation is always a beautiful and fascinating process, and the film looks wonderful and the execution is awe inspiring. 'ParaNorman' is a true classic for stop-motion animation pictures. I am in awe by this film, as it is funny, entertaining and this movie has a stylized feel. This whimsical and impressive movie is worth both my thumbs up, and I left the theatre with a big smile.

It maybe a little too scary for young children, overall was a blast for everyone. The premiere date is on the 30 August 2012
 
*** Pictures courtesy by Google search ***

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