Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Cast (voices): Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan. 96 min. Rated PG. Animation.

Boxtrolls are little sewer-dwelling monsters rumored to eat babies, but an orphan who grows up among them mobilizes them to fight eradication. It's a claymation where the majority of the characters are so ugly and grotesque, I kept wondering who the animators had in mind as the audience - because I doubt it was kids. And the lack of an engaging story (the metaphor of who the boxtrolls represented was lost on me) left me just admiring the exquisitely detailed and absorbing imagery.

PS: Wait for a one-minute segment during the end-credits that suddenly turns the whole movie on its head.

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