Opens today at Quality 16, Rave
Review by Jeff Meyers of the Metro Times
While "ParaNorman"'s script won't win any awards for originality, its handcrafted look and heartfelt execution is simply first-rate. Oregon-based Laika animation studio follows up its sublime stop-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" with yet another tale of an alienated child who is assisted by ghostly characters to solve a spooky mystery. But instead of unnerving adolescent viewers with the dark truths that challenge childhood innocence, co-directors Chris Butler (who also wrote the script) and Sam Fell (Flushed Away) opt for a lighter tone. Diluting the more serious underpinnings of their story with eccentric humor, frenetic chase scenes and a sumptuously cinematic style that clever capitalizes on the look and feel of classic horror films, the filmmakers keep everything decidedly family-friendly.
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