“The Boxtrolls” live underground only venturing topside at night when the citizens of the city are sleeping.
They pick garbage looking for treasures that can be made into gadgets, then, when the night is done, they gather in their underground lair, pile on top of one another, and sleep. They harm no one, but, the people who live topside have been led to believe that the boxtrolls are monsters that kidnap and eat people.
Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) is a lowly Boxtroll exterminator: He wears a red hat, but aspires to wear the ultimate status symbol…. a white hat. At night he grabs as many Boxtrolls as he can, ostensibly to exterminate them. Interestingly, the Boxtrolls continue life without their comrades as if nothing happened. Over the years, the Boxtroll population dwindles to a precious few. The job nearly complete, Archibald prepares for his white hat by eating cheese which it turns out he is horribly allergic to.
A human boy, Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was “taken” by the Boxtrolls as an infant and raised by them (the citizens topside think he was kidnapped and eaten). At 10 years of age, he ventures topside and is befriended by a young girl, Winnie (Elle Fanning) who’s father is in the upper class: He wears a white hat, eats cheese, and, unfortunately makes poor decisions where the city’s money will be spent.
After Winnie and Eggs connect….the whole world changes and the real monsters are unveiled.
“The Boxtrolls” is visually stunning. Although a bit confusing in the beginning the story it, eventually, comes together providing a nice moral story about who you are as a person irregardless of the status symbols you own or what you look like. The movie is quite violent so I don’t think it is good for little kids. No f-words.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!
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