Movie Review: The Boxtrolls


Rating 8/10

Year Released: 2014

Directors: Graham Annable/Anthony Stacchi

Production Company: Laika Entertainment

Lead Actors: Isaac Hempstead/Elle Fanning

Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Rating: 8/10

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

I remember seeing  previews for this movie and my inner child screamed at me that it needed to see this movie. The trolls were adorable and the one scene in the previews where Eggs (Boy pretending to be a troll) takes off his box and all the Boxtrolls freak out because he is suddenly a human, just too funny. I love kids movies, so when I found this on Netflix I knew I had to check it out!

The beginning was adorable, watching this human child being raised by trolls, but his bond with Fish goes beyond his bond with the other trolls. Eggs grows up thinking he is no different from the creatures he has grown up around. Until he meets Winnie, a little rich girl who knows something is wrong with what they have been told about the Boxtrolls. Honestly, my first thought of Winnie was that she was a whiny little rich girl, but she saw something that the adults didn’t see. She saw the human boy among the trolls.

It is so true to real life, because a child will always see what an adult is too busy to see.

From there, the whole town starts to develop and wake up to what this little girl has been trying to tell them. Eggs is out to save his Boxtroll friends from being hunted down by Archibald Snatcher, the evil man looking to make a profit off  the misfortune of these misunderstood creatures.

The more I think about it, the more it says about our own human nature. How we are so quick to judge and run from things we don’t understand.

Let’s not get into that though.

The only thing that I found odd about this movie was how well Eggs spoke English when the trolls didn’t say much at all. I assume that Eggs is not around many humans at all, he has been raised by trolls to fear the humans. So, explain to me how he can clearly communicate with Winnie when he first meets her. There was no lack of communication, he just spoke and explained everything. I understand this is a child’s movie, but even as a child I feel like I would have questioned how well Eggs spoke. Maybe the Boxtrolls knew just enough to teach Eggs?

In the end, I really enjoyed this movie. It was cute and it made me smile. I would surly watch it again. And if you are looking forward to seeing it, it’s still available on Netflix as I post this. No telling how long that will last though. Ugh, Netflix.

If you have seen this, what did you think about it? Do you plan on checking it out? Am I crazy for loving this kids movie?

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