The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit

 

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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

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Grosse Point geek takes a loot at two recent release – the remake of the classic horror Poltergeist and the latest from The Rock in San Andreas.

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Poltergeist

Director: Gil Kenan
Actors: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt

After Eric Bowen (Rockwell) loses his job, he and his family are forced to move into a cheaper house.  Everything seems normal until the lights unexpectedly start turning on and off and  strange noises are heard in the dead of night.

Things go from bad to worse when their son almost gets eaten by a tree and the youngest daughter disappears into thin air. Suspecting that they are the victims of a haunting (you think??), the family turn to a team of paranormal investigators led by Harris’s ghost expert, who mount a desperate attempt to get the little girl back from the clutches of the poltergeist.

Uninspiring remake of the 1982 Spielberg/Tobe Hooper classic, that pretty much fails on every level to be even close to imitating that films excitement and sheer nerve shredding suspense. The normally reliable Sam Rockwell is woefully miscast and gives an almost phoned in performance, Harris fares no better and DeWitt  cant hold a candle to the original film’s  JoBeth Williams as the family matriarch. Coupled with this Kenan’s direction is formulaic, and  totally lacking in flair and originality.  On the positive side it definitely isn’t the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen and the SFX  are pretty good, but i have to say that when Hollywood decides to produce remakes as flat as this, one wonders why they even bothered in the first place.

At Cinemas now

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San Andreas

Director: Brad Peyton
Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Ioan Gruffudd, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti

When a massive earthquake threatens to wipe out the US Eastern Seaboard, crack Fire and Rescue pilot Dwayne Johnson and his soon to be ex wife (Gugino) brave the wrath of mother nature and mount a daring search for their daughter (Daddario) who has become stranded in the rapidly crumbling city of San Francisco.  I have to be honest i wasn’t expecting much from this one, the reviews were average, and the trailer made it look like nothing more than a retread of just about every other disaster movie ever made – plus added cheese.

However i am pleased to report that, despite the fact that its pretty much all of the above, it was mercifully saved by some really impressive visual effects, a fantastic series of set pieces and another great turn from the always good value Johnson.  It certainly wont ever win any Oscars but you could do a lot worse if you’re stuck for something to watch at the cinema this weekend

Recommended

At Cinemas now.

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Author: Will Strong 

Blog: The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Boxtrolls – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In this day and ace of CGI animation all looking the same, it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into making a film like The Boxtrolls. That effort doesn’t make it a good film however,.  For that you need top quality voice acting, a good director, innovative and exciting set pieces, a dark humour and a cracking script.  Which is lucky because The Boxtrolls has all this in spades. Okay so it’s not as good as Coraline for me but that’s only because that film was so good.  The Boxtrolls is a joy – just be weary at times it was far too much for my 5 year old daughter to take.

Best Bit: Kingsley is superb

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try:  Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit.

 

Author: Phil Hobden