Movie review: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

I have been so excited about The Boxtrolls since I saw the teaser trailer last year. Knowing little to nothing about it, I was already head over heels. Sure, I am a stop-motion junkie, but it was much more than just that. My excitement was palpable as I entered the screening room for the sneak peek of the film, which comes out tomorrow, Friday, September 26th. It just so happened my excitement was warranted.

The Boxtrolls is a family film, brought to you by the makers of other great stop-motion films Coraline and Paranorman, and tells the tale of a quirky bunch of trolls living under the city streets of Cheesebridge. When a human baby disappears and is last seen being carried off by Boxtrolls, the town of Cheesebridge makes villains of the lovable boxtrolls, seeking help from villainous Boxtroll exterminator – Arichibald Snatcher (voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley). Meanwhile, a loving group of Boxtrolls raises a human boy as their very own. Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) is unaware that he is any different until he gets older and meets the Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning), the feisty daughter of Lord Portly-Rind (voiced by Jared Harris). Winnie is obsessed with Boxtrolls and determined to find out why Eggs is living with the “horrible Boxtrolls”.

With the comedic voices of Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Richard Ayoade mixed with the strong depth of story, The Boxtrolls will touch your heart. The message is clear: Never hide who you are, fight for what’s right, and stand up for yourself. It was a strong message done with grace and perfect comedic timing.

I plan on seeing this film multiple times. The pace was great, the story was touching, and the comedy was genius. This film is fun for all ages. Each age group will take away a great message and have fun with absurdity of British humor that we all know and love.

The Boxtrolls opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, Friday, September 26, 2014.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

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