Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ParaNorman Opens August 17


ParaNorman is a new noir kid movie opening August 17th. My 8 year old daughter and I attended a screening last week and both loved it. Probably for very different reasons.

First the kids review. My daughter loves these "scary" movies. She's seen them all. So you could say she was a sure thing going in. If your child isn't that thrilled by scary movies, I asked my daughter to rate this one compared to others. She said ParaNorman is scarier than Igor but not as scary as Coraline. She also thought it was very funny with lots of gross out and bathroom humor.

I'd give you an appropriate kids age range but really you know your kid best. My little one could have seen this at 5 but there were 8 year olds that had to leave the theatre at certain scenes.

Now from the parent: I agree with my kid. But I also think the movie has so much more to offer than ghosts and Zombie. The film has a bit of a 50's horror vibe and like all great 50's horror flicks it has an underlying message. ParaNorman has a great moral about bullying, mob mentality and that weird kid, that receives so much of their attention.

Norman is different than everyone else but that is what makes him special and in the end what turns out to be exactly what all of his classmates and towns people need. No one in the film is really painted as a bad guy (not even the zombies, believe it or not) just people making poor choices.

Finally, there is a wonderful message about letting go of anger and not letting it make you as wrong as those who have done you wrong. OH yeah and there's a whole thing about stereotyping...Really the list goes on and on. And then there are the ghost and zombies to make it all extremely palatable for all the kids and frankly, a lot of parents who could use the message too.

I highly recommend this film, and maybe a conversation about it's moral afterwards.




11 comments:

rokive said...

this is very nice 3D movie.

Jennifer said...

I went to a preview of Paranorman too...actually the premiere, with the voice actors in attendance.I think it's important to note that there is something artsy to this movie (beyond the fact that it's actual stop-motion clay animation, not CGI) that gives it a different look than most animated movies we're used to these days. The filmmakers had some interesting choices in terms of the pacing of the movie too. It didn't seem to frighten any of the kids in attendance but the younger ones were bored by parts of it that required knowledge of the Salem witch trials and that sort of thing -- they started talking loudly during those parts. It was an unusual movie-going experience, all in all.

Ericka @Nibbles and Feasts said...

Can't wait to see this! Love these types of movies.

Pattie Cordova said...

I can't wait to see this! My son loved Coraline so I'm sure he'll love this one too. He also likes the "scary" ones :)

Eva Smith said...

I love that the makers of Coraline created this movie. Can't wait to see it.

Megan said...

I was always drawn to the little bit more macabre movies (along with my my Little Pony) and this would be fun to check out!

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Desiree Eaglin said...

Looks like an interesting film! I bet my 5 year old would get a kick out of it.

Presley's Pantry said...

I have this on my list of movies to see this weekend.

Caryn B. said...

We still have yet to see it but it's on our list : )

Caryn B. said...

We haven't seen it yet but it's on our list