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Jordy's Reviews: ParaNorman (2012)

Making way this morning for my movie-reviewing nephew, Jordan, 11, who has the latest Laika Entertainment Production (“Coraline”) in his sites...

“ParaNorman” succeeds in almost everything. Almost.

The plot of the movie is about a boy named Norman (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) who can see and speak to the dead, and is bullied for his gift. However, he finds out that he needs to stop the Witch’s Curse, which will raise the dead.

Did I tell you that Norman is obsessed with Zombies? And I mean OBSESSED. The first part of the movie is just him watching a bad Zombie movie. And don’t even get me started on his room. He only has Zombie stuff and nothing else. Not an Xbox 360, not Pokémon cards, just The Living Dead.

The movie is pretty scary. There were some parts where my stomach would boil just because there was an eerie moment. It helps the scare factor that the movie is beautifully animated. The bark on the trees, the school, the characters, everything. Speaking of characters, the characters in this movie do an especially good job of making you care for them and hate them. I also love Norman’s relationship with his dead grandma, who promised to take care of him for the rest of his life. They really are both funny and it's also kind of touching how he kind of has this guardian angel.

The story is great. It has a lot to say, and it says it really well. There’s even a really great plot twist I did not see coming.

The script is also good, except for a few bad lines, which is to be expected in most movies. (With very few exceptions.)

There are some funny parts. There are a few jokes that adults would only get and some that kids would just find hysterical. (Mostly crude humor jokes.)         

I love the feel of this movie. It can feel lighthearted during one scene and during the next make you feel terrified. It works really well, and I absolutely love that feel.

The thing I hate about this movie is that the things that need to be realistic aren’t. For example, instead of learning about the pilgrims feast and putting on a play about that, they put on a play about this small little town’s Witches Curse. I don’t remember putting on plays about Minnesota.

Overall, though, this movie is great. With beautiful animation, a great plot twist, and a satisfying feel, I think that it will be up for an Oscar for best-animated movie. Go see it, or the dead will RISE! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

90%
Okay For 9+

poster for "ParaNorman" (2012)


Posted at 06:38 AM on Thu. Aug 23, 2012 in category Jordy's Reviews  
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Moira Muccio Secrest wrote:

Great review, Jordy. I'm dying (hahahahhahahhahaha) to see it. Tell your parents that a Macalester alum worked on the movie.

Comment posted on Thu. Aug 23, 2012 at 09:06 AM

Moira Muccio Secrest wrote:

Hmmm. Not sure if my comment went through so I'm doing it again.

Great review, Jordy. Tell your parents that a Mac alum worked on the movie.

Comment posted on Thu. Aug 23, 2012 at 09:08 AM

Katy Lloyd wrote:

Jordy, I watched this movie with my daughters (11 and 14) over the weekend. We all loved it, especially the 14-year-old. I especially liked the relationships in Norman's family, how normal it all felt. Good script and great story. I kept wondering if someone on the writing team ever lived in Salem, Mass. I did for one year, and it's very similar to how they use the history of the Witch Trials as a tourism draw, especially around Halloween--at least they did in the mid-90s. Thanks again and let us know what you thought of The Croods, which we also saw this weekend.

Comment posted on Mon. Mar 25, 2013 at 07:05 AM

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