Friday, February 13, 2015

grandma's movie reviews - The Box Trolls

I recently bought the bluray of The Boxtrolls and so today I'm happy to share my review of it with you.

The Boxtrolls
Studio - Universal Studios
Rating - PG

Favorite Features - 
  • The Box Trolls are delightful, funny and charming - I love how they cared for Eggs, the "Box Boy" and how they learn to change "who" they are.
  • Solid messages in this movie - messages about family and what is really important in life.
  • Stop-motion animation makes this movie a true delight!
Universal Studios has this to say about The Boxtrolls; "A family event movie which introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, 'into the light,' where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family."

As I mentioned, there are several strong messages in the story of The Boxtrollsone I especially am happy to see speaks to parents/grandparents. In this movie Winnie's dad is on focused on cheese, being important and wearing a "white hat". He does not listen to his daughter or pay attention to her. However; there is a point in the movie where he has to choose between his hat, which has been so very important to him, and his daughter. Happily, he chooses his daughter as he realizes what and who is really important to him.

This message can really "speak" to parents and grandparents as it can be all too easy for us to be distracted by things such as work, friends, computers, smart phones, etc. and become people who do not pay attention to or listen to our children/grandchildren. The Boxtrolls reminds us to keep in focus who and what really matters . . . and certainly our children/grandchildren really matter!

I also appreciated the message about how we do not have to continue to live our lives as we have in the past, but we can make choices and changes to make our lives better! The Boxtrolls combines a fun story, humor, strong messages and unique characters for a movie the family will enjoy - and even learn from!

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