Yeah, I haven't even set foot in a movie theater since 2007. Partly due to budget (art supplies, school text books, discreet blood transfusions, I mean, uh...pet food?), but mostly because I don't give a shit about most movies that come out. Even the ones I am interested in, I can easily wait for video or Netflix. Besides, if I have to sit through ONE more goddamn over-the-top, melodramatic, pseudo-epic battle sequence where everyone prepares by standing around in the rain with the FAKEST fucking forced blue lighting washing over everything, I'm going to strangle puppies and feed them to my pet vampire.
But then there are movies that don't waste their time mimicking other movies. These include Coraline and ParaNorman, both of which I saw at home and wondered why the Hell I did not see them in theaters. Not wanting to make that mistake a third time, I saw Boxtrolls in theaters and I was so goddamn happy! I didn't even have any idea what the movie was really about until I went to see it (partly due to shit marketing, but that's not the movie's fault), but I trust Laika and that was enough, and they still have my trust. Problem is, I really, really want people to go and see it for themselves, so I can't really say much about it...kind of ruins the purpose of making a journal entry...huh. Did not think this through...whatever, WATCH THE FUCKING MOVIE! Especially since a lot of people out there are whining that it's not the cutesy, pandering "child-safe" bullshit that you would get with pixar, dreamworks or those pissant knockoff productions where even "sinister" characters are only allowed to look cute and marketable.
"Not suitable for children"? No, it's suitable for children, it's just not suitable for piss-baby parents who tell their children what is acceptable or not based on arbitrary bullshit. If a movie upsets these people, it means it's doing its job. Kind of strange how Laika movies can turn the grotesque into the most appealing and at times even adorable display ("Oil Can", that's all I will say), and it's the exact opposite for most other children's movies where the "cute", marketable characters end up looking like Satan's genital warts.
(be thankful I didn't show the Jellyfish)
(to a certain unicorn that may be reading, I apologize in advance for this one...you probably even know what movie it is based on this warning)
And those are all the examples I can stomach, you get the idea...and thankfully, those are just still images. In animation, they're even more hideous, and while I'm at it, the retarded twinkie men from those despicable dipshit movies can go to Hell. I just want to get my opinion on those fuck-nards out right now. If I want a bunch of undignified yellow henchmen, I'll stick with The Monarch's men of Venture Brothers, thank you very much. At least they have the decency to DIE on a regular basis. Better uniforms, too.
But enough shtick, back to the point: the greatest thing about Laika movies is that each one doesn't have to be compared to the previous. Boxtrolls is not trying to be ParaNorman, which was not trying to be Coraline. Each one is its own thing, has its own themes and atmosphere, and the only thing that gets better and better is the quality of the animation...dear god, the facial expressions in Boxtrolls alone makes the movie worth it. This is why "grotesque" is GOOD! It has character, caricature, and actually invokes fucking THOUGHT AND EMOTION from the audience, rather than simply pandering to their moronic asses with key-jingling bullshit to dumb them down, as well as their moron children. For the love of fuck, give this movie some attention, because it is part of possibly the last theatrically-released remnant of the old Don Bluth days of Secret of NIMH or An American Tale where kids and their parents were smart enough to handle "scary" without pissing themselves.
...FUCK, I actually get worked up when I have something worth talking about!