Film review: ParaNorman

By Helene Wong In Film

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10th January, 2013
How do you take a cliché and seduce your audience into not caring that it is? Give them what they expect, but not in the way they expect, with subtle differences that make the characters come alive with specificity. And despite, or perhaps because of, its characters being animated, ParaNorman pretty much nails it. From Laika, the stable that made Coraline, this is its next stop-motion feature in 3D, again with a loner protagonist and creepy stuff. Norman’s an anxious 11-year-old who converses with ghosts; for that he’s labelled a freak. Even his family don’t know ...

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