Grotesque, disgusting, nauseating ....this is children's entertainment? Latest animation from Laika is hard to fault for its Oscar nominated technique but on story and character traits it suffers a lot. The characters both troll and human are not appealing with no message outside the very trite 'you make you'. Glad I missed the headache a theatrical viewing would have made.
a very well aestheticized stop motion animation with a narrative that preaches tolerance and a rebellion against white supremacy but unfortunately reinforces these things due to its depiction of the boxtrolls, which are reminiscent of racial propaganda and stereotypes, akin to nazi germany's depiction of jews and america's depiction of blacks and mexicans
Providing self-aware comedy throughout, The Boxtrolls excels as a witty and mature comedy, with the obvious appeal to children. The characters are smartly written, playing up on filmic archetypes. Laika continues to move forward, impressing with every frame.
Character design and stop motion techniques are amazing - YES - but what about the necessity to introduce action frenesi in every single animation for kids nowadays? The climax is so expected it's not a climax anymore. I just can't stand these big finales cinema is shoving down our throats. It's a shame: if it had stayed in this crazy world they build, it could be huge.
In subterranean terms, there's not a whole lot going on (so stop weighing down the entertainment value with non-existent politics). But at surface-level, this is a beautiful, grotesque, and imaginative world. The human characters are wonderfully weird, disgusting, and cheese-obsessed, while the trolls are a well-balanced mixture of cute and horrid. Complete with fantastic performances (notably that of Sir Kingsley).