The Boxtrolls Reviews
October 4, 2014
While not wholly original in the story department, the creativeness in bringing this dry story to life is what made it feel so fresh. Laika Entertainment has done wonders in the past with "Coraline" and "Paranorman," and while this is not quite as great as those, it is still a very fascinating stop-motion picture. Once the town goes to sleep at night, they are run by "The Boxtrolls" whom steal anything loose lying around. When a boy is taken in by these trolls and presumed dead by the town, they must figure out that the trolls are actually just protectors. This is a story you have heard many times over, but it is done very differently here and the odd and creepy stop-motion is very enjoyable to watch. Sure the film has it's slow moments, but with a 95-minute stop-motion feature, you should be able to forgive that. The script is very fun, the direction is very particular and the animation is brilliant as always. The few faults are in the cliche department which does overshadow a lot of the film, but you can just ignore that. "The Boxtrolls" is just plain fun!
|Bradley T. Johnson||
September 30, 2014
The Boxtrolls scores another win for Laika. Even if it's not quite as ambitious as Coraline and ParaNorman, the film still delivers in purely off the wall family entertainment. Ben Kingsley is great as the creepy villain Snatcher who has rather nasty reactions to cheese. The film plays with important themes such as class conflict and is simultaneously charming and grotesque. Though some of the material is a bit much at times, such as when certain things appear to happen that might be disturbing for certain viewers, end up not actually have happened. The Boxtrolls is one of the best animated films of the year and proves Laika is a refreshing animation studio that deserves more recognition. Rating:88
September 27, 2014
A likable movie, The Boxtrolls lacks a few things to make it great. It lacks humor in some area. Boxtrolls works on character development (perhaps a little too much) and leaves out parts that could have used a big laugh. And possibly to the detriment of the film. The phrase 'beating a dead horse' comes to mind. It was a simple film that didn't have those moments where an adult would get something that a child wouldn't. The story was drug out for the sake of character development.
Boxtrolls is visually and audibly appealing. It's hard to picture this is a stop motion movie. Some parts are more easy to see, but it's forgivable because of how amazing most of it looks. The voices are great also. Lead by Ben Kingsley, everyone does a bang up job. If nothing else, Isaac Hempstead-Wright has a future in voiceovers.
The Boxtrolls aren't as adorable as some other support characters in other movies. I'd maybe say rent it for children to keep them quiet at a specific time. Otherwise, there's no need to spend money on The Boxtrolls. Wait until it's on TV. It's a TV movie at heart anyways.
October 7, 2014
It's alright, but I don't know who this movie is for. It's not funny, wacky, or action-packed enough for children, and it's not smart enough for adults. It's just a fairly competent claymated film with some strong vocal performances.
September 28, 2014
Another gem from Laika, this off-beat fairytale has quirky characters, great stop-motion animation and great voice work, especially from Sir Ben Kingsley who plays the evil Archibald Snatcher. With Coraline and ParaNorman under its belt, Laika Studios has become the anti-Pixar. Their stories are much bleaker and their characters are hardly cute, but always charming. The BoxTrolls is a fun movie that doesn't sugarcoat anything for its young audience.
July 2, 2013
It was a very well done, very original and very entertaining animated family comedy adventure. It had very creative animation, great voice cast, great characters, great music, really awesome visuals and a good storyline. It's one of the best animated films of the year. I highly recommend this movie to both kids and adults.
September 26, 2014
Aimed at no audience, stay away and don't spend time or money on it, half a star for some potential.
October 28, 2014
Visually, this The BoxTrolls is next-to-perfect aesthetically. As far as the content of this film is concerned, it's entertaining and intriguing. However, it's not always laugh-out-loud funny. Charming would be a good word to describe it. It makes you smile a ton and has its fill of memorable characters, but there just aren't a whole lot of memorable scenes. You also can't help feeling like the plot is being stretched too thin, as there isn't a whole lot that happens in this movie, and the runtime is still pretty short. Sure, much of it is used to establish setting, but it could have definitely ended sooner. The final "battle" scene dragged on for too long.
The visuals create a perfect world for itself and I commend it for its beauty, I just wish it was a little more memorable. However, it is rewatchable, which counts for a lot and will, in turn, etch it into my head easier.
Twizard Rating: 88
October 26, 2014
Me parece que esta película tiene sustancia para haber hecho algo mejor, no está del todo mal, sus protagonistas son acertados y seguramente adorados por el público. El "villano" pues... Queso?
October 23, 2014
Splendid! The Boxtrolls is another fantastic stop motion film by Laika. In the city of Cheesebridge's a human boy named Eggs ( Isaac Hempstead- Wright) is raised by Boxtrolls, creatures that rummage the streets at night and live under the city. Mr. Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) intends to exterminate every last Boxtroll, all for the love of cheese and a white hat. Eggs needs to teach his family to stop hiding.
Stop motion dates back to Wallace and Gromit, Gumby and many of our favorite Christmas specials. Laika has created movies I adore such as Coraline. This film is another success with its fast pace stop-motion. The way the boxes fold, stack and bend are impressive to watch. The designs of the characters are distinct and detailed. From the trolls who are dirty with glowing eyes and pale blue skin, to the proper humans who are clean with fancy clothes and perfect hair.
The small scale sets are marvelous. The film transports you into two opposite worlds. Once is the view from above the city where we see buildings and streets of stones. At night it's dark with only lamp posts to light the way. The Boxtrolls' under ground lair is a whole other picture. The ground is covered in boxes and tin cans for the characters to slide around on. The room is lit with light bulbs they find and is filled with inventions that they have made.
The writing is witty. The comedy comes through in a very playful manner with its shock humor and, at times, straight-forward jokes. There is even a scene with a rim shot. The trolls, even though they speak gibberish, bring a lot of emotion into their delivery. Speaking of which, the voice talents are sensational. The villain Archibald Snatcher, who is my favorite, uses his amazing voice talents to create this mean, eccentric character. He fits the image that we see on screen. Same goes for the rest of the cast, particularly Elle Fanning who plays Winnie, a snobbish brat that befriends Eggs.
My favorite scene is in the middle of the credits. When the credits roll, please stay in your seat! What you will see is one of the funniest fourth wall jokes to be seen on-screen.
The moral of this story is you can change your nature. The Boxtrolls are used to sneaking around and hiding. Even when they are in danger, they don't fight back. They learn that they can change.
I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 7 through 18-year-olds. This movie gives the audience jokes, engaging characters and beautiful visuals which make it a great film.
Reviewed by Keefer B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst dot org.
October 3, 2014
Fun and adventurous. Defiantly one of the best stop motion films in recent years.
October 10, 2014
I'm rooting for the underdog.
Not to win or place.
Not necessarily to show, either.
The Boxtrolls is not terrific.
It's good, but pick the superior visual treat.
The Book of Life is the movie you should be seeing, not The Boxtrolls.
There, I said it!
The Academy nominates three to five pictures for Best Animated Feature. In the annual race to qualify, wouldn't we prefer to have six to eight competing for a slot?
The quality consistence crown goes to Walt Disney Animation. Pure and simple.
Dreamworks follows admirably in second place, pumping out solid cartoons on the reg.
The remaining horses compete for the remaining places, but would it be terrible to keep Laika in the running?
Despite numerous positive recommendations, Corpse Bride (2005) and Coraline (2009) still elude this reviewer.
On the contrary, Paranorman received a nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2012, and deservedly so.
Therefore Laika, LLC., the American stop-motion animation studio, earns their jockey.
Ultimately, The Boxtrolls lack enrapture; for adults mainly.
I disdain marginalizing age groups in terms of film taste.
Frozen, Despicable Me 2 and Tangled are examples of fantastic 'animated movies.'
Let's not call them 'kid's movies.'
Because tonally, The Boxtrolls is childish.
Lord Portley-Rind's cheese humor and Lady Frou Frou's cross-dressing opera number are funny, but a bit mundane. Perhaps immature, no?
There's some good plot development; a number of high points, in fact.
The self-aware jokes are chucklesome, the unusual characters are compelling.
Tracy Morgan is the voice of a bespectacled Caucasian. I hope he's outraged.
The mid-credits sequence is the best I have ever seen.
The existentialist thugs explain stop-motion through time-lapse camera footage of their animator.
It's an exceptional artistic snippet.
Nab the rental if you're keen on the new stop-motion feature. You're won't hate it.
The reality is: If you're like most people, you won't make time for two animated flicks in the near future.
Plus, you may wish to avoid a similar in-theater experience.
It's rated PG, but the 3D adult ticket costs $12.50.
Doofy Dad in the back makes no effort to silence the adolescent drumming legs and flapping gums.
Surely he notices the debonair twenty-something repositioning four minutes into the feature?
This parental treasure is prompting his four children whenever the Protagonist's name (Eggs) shows up on-screen.
"Eggs!" he cries with delight.
"Eggs!" the quartet giggles.
I can clearly see several mothers working hard to keep their collective units at a low volume. But Doof doesn't seem to notice.
Because, hey, it's just a kid's movie, right?
October 20, 2014
Found this movie to be totally enjoyable. Went with my husband (no kids) and were thoroughly entertained!!