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“The Boxtrolls” delivers on the charm of the grotesque

“The Boxtrolls” delivers on the charm of the grotesque

There comes a moment in “The Boxtrolls” when a terrific allergic reaction of social-striving baddie Archibald Snatcher elicits an understandably revolted “Ewww!”

There are many more delighted “Ewwws” than too-easy “Awws” in this charming, if a tad cynical, feature from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.”

“The Boxtrolls” takes its inspiration from Alan Snow’s 2005 fantasy novel “Here Be Monsters!” And there are indeed monstrous goings-on in this 90-minute yarn extracted from a 500-plus-page tome. It was adapted by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava and is co-directed by Antony Stacchi and Graham Annable.

“The Boxtrolls” begins with the disappearance of an infant. The Trubshaw Baby becomes the sort of legend that keeps parents anxious and feeds kids’ nightmares.

It is a dark yarn one particular Cheese-bridge resident is all too happy to exploit. Boxtroll exterminator Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley) has hopes of moving up in society and trading in his red hat for the “white hat” of the muckety-mucks.

 If the sorry elites seem to care more about Brie and Roquefort than other civic matters, it’s because they do.

Only the Boxtrolls are not the agents of mayhem CLICK TO KEEP READING

Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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