| ParaNorman (2012) |
ParaNorman is a film about a young boy who can see ghosts and has a strong connection with the paranormal, as the title would imply. This ability is both a gift and a curse as his visions, while useful, often draw unwanted attention from the people of his town. As a social outcast Norman has few friends besides the spirits he talks to as well as a family that doesn't quite understand him.
There are a few fairly obvious stereotypes used in some of the characters, especially Norman's family (his dad and sister stand out), though each character has their own set of flaws. Without giving away too much of the plot, the main characters find themselves being stalked by the reanimated remains of the villagers who killed a powerful witch form the town's lore. The heroes spend most of the movie trying to find a way to stop both the which and her minions, but there are a few twists along the way.
This movie isn't quite what I was expecting, but there plenty of funny, scary, and dramatic moments to keep both children and adults entertained. The main theme of the movie is accepting others for who they are and not judging them for what they seem to be. The movie can be pretty dark at times and the climax may frighten younger children, so I don't recommend viewing it with kids who are sensitive to horror themes. If your kid has seen any slasher flicks or gory tv shows this probably won't faze them.
For the most part I'd say this movie is fair to both genders and has a pretty even distribution of positive and negative character traits. Norman's dad is pretty rough around the edges, but as his mother notes its only because he wants whatever is best for his son. Even the villains that appear in this movie show remorse for their crimes and find a sort of redemption by the end. I'd say ParaNorman is certainly one of the fairer movies released in 2012 when it comes to the portrayal of men and the ending will likely leave a smile on most viewers faces.
- Reviewed by MidnightUndead
Rating: PG (Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language)
Run Time: 92 minutes