Movie Review: ParaNorman

ParaNorman 2012 film foreign movie poster

Rated: P13

Genre: Comedy, animation, adventure, thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
Director: Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tucker Albrizzi, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, Jodelle Ferland, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Stritch
Synopsis: “The film is about Norman, a 13-year-old boy who is the only person in a small town that has the abilities to prevent an attack from zombies” (UIP).

Verdict: I think I might have enjoyed this if I was 11 or so. Oh wait, it’s rated P13 here (dafuq for?). I’m sure Tim Burton would palm his face when he watches this. If this is what we call a good stop motion animated film of today then Burton should’ve received an Oscar and a medal for “Nightmare Before Christmas” (released 19 years ago). ParaNorman has an uninspiring plot that explores issues in a comedic way that has been done many times before in movies. It lacks of good humour and adventure. The flow of the story builds up about right but jumps straight to the climax. That means, not much zombie fun.

Second opinion: “Uninteresting, normal storyline & boring but liked the style of the animation” (Iris Loong).

To watch in 3D? Unnecessary, it’s visually so-so.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

Plotholes: Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see ghosts everywhere at the beginning but once the zombies appear, all the ghosts seem to go missing until the end without explanation. If they’re still around, he could’ve just asked one of them for advice to solve the curse problem. At the end, the zombies’ bodies dissolve into spirits and presumably disappears to heaven. If their souls are still in their undead bodies, that wouldn’t make them zombies, right? I don’t even wanna start with how the asses like Norman’s sister and father suddenly become so understanding and supportive without a valid and convincing reason. A cliched speech is all that’s needed? Could’ve done that earlier, kid.

Funniest scene: Zombies targets a man who’s buying some snack from a
vendor machine. He looks to be afraid as they move towards him slowly but he’s reluctant to leave
without his snack. This is already shown on one of the film’s trailers.

The protagonist is a poser: Norman seems to be a huge fan of zombie and horror films but when he actually encounters zombies, he becomes clueless and afraid. By the way, if he sees ghost every day, shouldn’t he find horror movies boring?

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  1. missyblurkit

    Missed this last night thanx to work…will have to watch it over the Raya long weekend instead.

    It did look really funny in the preview. But again I reckon that's how preview works. Everything looks good. SO good that we are tempted to watch.

  2. Eric Lee Huangshi

    LOL…i just find it pretty average. Unoriginal and average yes..but i do not think this movie is suitable for kids as well. Too many jokes that could not be understood by kids. Can be better la

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