Written August 18, 2012
Dark movie, guilt-ridden or clueless characters and very loud. Not much humor and writing was flat. Reminded me of Monster House, but not as clever. NOT for kids under 10.
Written July 29, 2015
I went in fully expecting a fun kids movie. It succeeded at that! But what I wasn't expecting were great characters and a very grown up plot. Once things start to reveal themselves halfway through the movie, the movie goes to another level. The kids will love the humor and zombies. But the parents will love the very touching story, darker themes, and twist ending. It should be up for an Oscar. Really. That good.
Written March 04, 2013
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Written October 06, 2015
Witless plot, dialogue, and characters had the quality, charm, and entertainment value of an annoying saturday morning cartoon. The last five minutes were redeeming and had value, but not enough to make up for the 95% you have to suffer through to fi-nal-ly get there.
Written September 05, 2015
Every now and then, there's a movie that helps redefine what a kids movie should be like; 'The Goonies' and 'Gremlins' both come to mind. 'Paranorman' joins these movies and serves as a reminder that sometimes a kids movie can also double as a thrilling adventure for adults and children alike.
LAIKA studios, who made 'Coraline' a few years back, brings stop motion to a new height with this film which currently sits in a CGI-riddled featherbed of children's films released this summer. How is this one any different?
It doesn't pander to children. Sure, there's a few sight gags and it's visually stimulating, but it also has a lot of heart. Films like this make it clear to children that life isn't perfect and it wears its heart boldly on its sleeve particularly during the third act which serves as a fitting "don't judge a book by its cover story" without being a PSA.
Final thought: if you want to try to introduce horror to your kids, this is a clever - and fun - stepping stone.