Written August 31, 2014
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 December 18, 2014
Cute, scary for small children but good introduction to to the genera. Conservative families may not be so keen with the "lifestyles" mentioned but not explored. Too bad I can't give something in between a so-so and go.
Written March 04, 2013
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Written March 27, 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.
Written December 21, 2014
Took to of my granddaughters and my wife. $40 for 3 drinks and 3 popcorns, One person at the ticket counter and one at the concession stand. Took over 20 min to get in and get our stuff. Theater was to warm and smelled. Will never go back to the AMC on Rainbow and Smoke Ranch in Las Vegas.