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…

Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington is a joy of a film. There’s no other way to describe it.  A superbly realised kids film but with a humour and charm that will appeal to adults also.  From it’s fully realised lead character to it’s excellent cast (Whishaw as the titular bear stands out) who all connect so strongly with the audience.  Even without this,  however, the filmmakers throw in enough goofy set pieces to make you laugh out loud.  If I had ANY issues with the film it would be that maybe the FX don’t quite live up to the budget’s realities BUT this is a very small point in what is really a wonderful film.  Both for kids AND adults.

Best Bit: Paddington settles in to the house!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shaun The Sheep, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life

 

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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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The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Big screen animation continues it’s ever upward spiral with the release of The Book Of Life, from producer Guillermo del Toro.  A beautiful, fun film with stunning character design, a great cast (Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana), some nice rejigged music and, naturally this it’s a Mexican themed film, you have the obligatory (almost contractually so) cameos from Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin – it just feels right. The Book of Life is up there with The Boxtrolls as one of the best kids films of the year.  Who needs Pixar, eh?

Best Bit: Visually one of the most unique animations ever.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Up

 

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Blog: Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington is a joy of a film. There’s no other way to describe it.  A superbly realised kids film but with a humour and charm that will appeal to adults also.  From it’s fully realised lead character to it’s excellent cast (Whishaw as the titular bear stands out) who all connect so strongly with the audience.  Even without this,  however, the filmmakers throw in enough goofy set pieces to make you laugh out loud.  If I had ANY issues with the film it would be that maybe the FX don’t quite live up to the budget’s realities BUT this is a very small point in what is really a wonderful film.  Both for kids AND adults.

Best Bit: Paddington settles in to the house!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shaun The Sheep, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Tinkerbell And The Legend of The Neverbeast – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
One of the more interesting things about having kids is having to see films that, normally, you’d never watch.  This year alone I’ve watched numerous kids films.  But Boxtrolls and Book Of Life are VERY different animals to Tinkerbell movies. Yet twice now I have been pleasantly surprised that not only have the latest Tinkerbell films not sucked but they have been quite enjoyable. Same thing here for Legend of The Neverbeast. Okay it ain’t no Wolf Of Wall Street but for an hour and ten minutes it was a fun, charming distraction.  And wee girl enjoyed it enormously, which was the point.  So if you have a young Tinkerbell or fairy obsessed kid, you can do worse.

Best Bit: It was short!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy for the kid

If You Liked this Try: Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy, The Boxtrolls, The Book Of Life

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Be it Tim Burton’s or Henry Selick’s  TNMBC (and for the record writer, producer and ideas man Burton has both his style and sensibility plastered all over this film), now in it’s 21st year since release the film hasn’t missed a beat in the interviewing years.  Okay so the technology has improved (just witness the quantum advance of The Boxtroll’s for example) but what still makes this film a class act is the collection of great songs, memorable characters and perverse humour that is seen so rarely in cinema these days.  It also shows just how far Burton has fallen since his 90’s heyday.

Best Bit: What’s this?

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, Coraline, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Big screen animation continues it’s ever upward spiral with the release of The Book Of Life, from producer Guillermo del Toro.  A beautiful, fun film with stunning character design, a great cast (Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana), some nice rejigged music and, naturally this it’s a Mexican themed film, you have the obligatory (almost contractually so) cameos from Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin – it just feels right. The Book of Life is up there with The Boxtrolls as one of the best kids films of the year.  Who needs Pixar, eh?

Best Bit: Visually one of the most unique animations ever.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Up

 

Author: Phil Hobden

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