Laika Studios’ “The Boxtrolls” is an animated film directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi from the screenplay of Irena Brignull and Adam Pava. It is based on the novel “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow. The cast members include: Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Dee Bradly Baker, Toni Collette, Steve Blum, Richard Ayoade and Jared Harris. “The Boxtrolls” opens in theaters on Sept. 26, 2014. Read on to learn more about the film’s synopsis, including reviews from top critics.
“The Boxtrolls” Synopsis:
The film is set in the town of Cheesebridge, where the affluent (white hats) is distinguished and separated from the masses (red hats). Down below live the Boxtrolls, nonverbal creatures tailored from reusable boxes. The Boxtrolls raised a child named Eggs (Wright). A rumor has been going around the Cheesebridge that Boxtrolls eat children according to Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley). Eggs, along with the rich girl Winnie (Fanning), will try to save the Boxtrolls from Snatcher’s evil plans.
“The Boxtrolls” Review:
As of this writing, the film has scored 71 percent from Rotten Tomatoes, and 91 percent of moviegoers would like to see the film. Moreover, it has been rated 54 percent in Metacritic. Unfortunately, most of the critics described the film as unappealing.
Alonso Duralde of TheWrap mentioned in his review how unattractive the movie was, even calling it charmless and aimless.
“Even by the standards of kids’ movies about genocide and the frequent uselessness of fathers, “The Boxtrolls” isn’t very much fun at all. A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios . . . this latest venture seems destined to disturb young viewers while thoroughly boring their parents,” wrote Duralde in his review in TheWrap.
Aside from also referring to the film as unappealing, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter also noted that “something vital got lost in translation.”
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There you have it for the synopsis and review of “The Boxtrolls.” It opens in theaters on Sept. 26, 2014. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming movies.
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