Written August 19, 2012
This movie is a very entertaining movie, and has is full of laughter. It is a fun movie, that has many references to other movies in the horror/mystery genre. There is a good point that is made, in that just because someone is different, you do not need to be afraid of them. It is a good lesson about accepting people for who they are.
Fun for the whole family, though I think that kids aged 10 and above will enjoy it better than younger kids.
Written August 27, 2012
When I saw the previews I thought this was going to be a kid movie. I am into animation films and I loved Coraline, so I was really excited to see this anyway. I was super surprised at how much content/dialogue was aimed at the older crowd. This movie was awesome and I would recommend it if you're into this kind of thing. A lot of the action is at the end. And it slowly builds up. The storyline is typical, but still intriguing. Thumbs up!
Written August 28, 2012
From the makers of Coraline, ParaNorman also has a darker side that emerges a few times, but it is supports the characters and story well. The movie is solid and the quality of the stop-action and animation is excellent. The character of the father is unnecessarily belligerent and macho, especially at the beginning of the film - the writers help us warm up to him at the end, but this "change of heart" could have been accomplished without the negative personality and attitudes at the start of the film. The school drama coach is a bit over the top and cartoonish, but luckily it does not detract from the overall story. The 3D version does not add significantly to the story, so 2D or 3D are similar.
I would not take young children to see this movie - the scenes at the end with Norman and the witch may be too dark and frightening for youngsters. If you're an animation fan, stop-action fan, and like Tim Burton-esque story-telling, then ParaNorman is a good choice for you.
Written August 27, 2012
the movie was great but the living sitting in the Vancouver mall cinetopia sucked! had to go in and out of the theather to get below to the better sitting which was cheaper - will never go back to the Van Mall to see movies
Written August 18, 2012
I took my 12- and 9-year-olds to see ParaNorman 3D. I think we would have been just as happy to see it in 2D as the 3D wasn't all that spectacular. It was there, but mainly noticeable in the scenery. Also, my oldest kept asking what it was rated because of the topics discussed, humor and different situations the children found themselves. She felt it should have been rated PG13. Despite all of that, it was a funny movie that took on the issue of bullying and remaining to true to yourself. I would have been just as happy to watch it at home as a rental.