ParaNorman a spooky treat

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 05:00 19/01/2013
Paranorman

SPECTACULAR SPOOKS: ParaNorman is a delight and one of the best animated films in years.

Relevant offers

Film reviews

Movie Review: My Cousin Rachel - Rachel Weisz will bewilder and bewitch you Graeme Tuckett's movies: Transformers The Last Knight and Despicable Me3 Movie Review: Cars 3 - an ode to old-school racing Transformers: The Last Knight - an unashamedly daft film Movie Review: I Am Heath Ledger - an interesting tale missing Michelle Williams' input Movie Review: Cars 3 - sequel eventually finds its mojo Graeme Tuckett's movies: Churchill's Brian Cox might have put himself in Oscar contention My Cousin Rachel: Proof that Rachel Weisz can do anything. Movie Review: All Eyez on Me - too packed, it's poor Movie Review: This Beautiful Fantastic

PARANORMAN (PG) (92 min)

Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Starring (voices) Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick.

Norman is 11. He can see dead people. In the small town where he lives with his vaguely functional parents and his wannabe-in-LA teen sister, Norman is a misfit.

His closest friend is his lovely grandma. But she has been dead for years, and Norman's reports of his conversations with her aren't going over at all well with the rest of the family. At least, not until weird old uncle Mr Prenderghast shows up to tell Norman that he is the town's only chance to avert the dreadful witch's curse that has been threatening to show up for three centuries.

From the studio that produced the excellent Coraline, ParaNorman is a stop-motion treat. This is a beautiful film to look at and to get lost in. The story telling is fast-paced and inventive, the dialogue is truly witty, and the characters break out into interesting and not-too-expected directions.

My only question is: will the kids like it?

Like Coraline, it's too intense for the under-7s, and maybe too silly for the over-12s. But for this happy old scribbler, muttering ''wow'' under my breath for pretty much the entire last 10 minutes, ParaNorman is one of the best western animations in years.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content