The Boxtrolls (2014)

 boxtrolls“Don’t do it. You won’t change who you are. Cheese, Hats, Boxes. They don’t make you. “You” make you. ” – Eggs

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – An exterminator is sent to rid the city of garbage collecting trolls after a child goes missing and is presumably killed by the trolls.

My Take on it – This movie has trouble because it doesn’t fully decide whether it wants to be for children, adults or both.

The tone is very dark which doesn’t quite appeal to kids and there are lots of bodily fuction jokes geared directly for kids to laugh at.

This dichotomy creates a situation where kids will like some parts, adults others and unfortunately there is very little middle ground where both will enjoy the same parts.

Personally, I found the look of the animation to be unsettling on its own.

Additionally, the storyline itself seemed to venture too often into very dark territory which put me off.

Bottom Line – Didn’t like the way the animation was done and the story itself was a bit dark for my taste. It didn’t help that the movie had a heavy theme too deep for children but was splattered with grotesque images and toilet humor intended to entertain children.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because all the actors recorded their parts separately, Simon Pegg was initially unaware of best friend Nick Frost’s participation in the project, and vice versa. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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5 thoughts on “The Boxtrolls (2014)

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  2. I refused to accept this film existed after it was nominated for an Oscar over The Lego Movie, but I gave it a chance in the end and quite enjoyed it. I think the darkness appealed to me, but the jokes satisfied my inner child.
    – Allie


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