Movie Review: Box Trolls

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Box Trolls Summary

In the hill-top town of Cheesebridge, Norvenia during the Victorian era, rumors abound that subterranean trolls (known as Boxtrolls for the cardboard boxes they wear) have kidnapped a baby. Pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher strikes a deal with the city’s leader Lord Portley-Rind to exterminate every Boxtroll in exchange for membership in the city’s cheese-loving council called the White Hats, despite the fact that he himself is severely allergic to cheese.

In actuality, the Boxtrolls are peaceful and emerge from underground at night to scavenge for discarded items with which to make useful inventions. A human boy named Eggs lives among them, cared for by a Boxtroll named Fish. As Eggs grows up, he becomes dismayed by the disappearing Boxtrolls seized by Snatcher. After Lord Portley-Rind’s daughter Winnie sees Eggs with two Boxtrolls, Snatcher captures Fish. Eggs sneaks to the surface to find Fish and emerges in an annual fair to commemorate the disappearance of the “Trubshaw Baby” who was allegedly killed by Boxtrolls.

Disgusted by the town’s inaccurate portrayal of the creatures, Eggs follows Winnie. After a brief exchange, he asks her for directions to Snatcher’s headquarters, located at an abandoned factory, where Eggs rescues Fish. They are caught in the escape. Snatcher recognizes Eggs as the Trubshaw Baby and reveals that all the captured Boxtrolls are building him a machine. Winnie, who covertly followed Eggs, overhears this exchange. She then helps Fish and Eggs escape from Snatcher and they take shelter in the Boxtrolls’ caves, where Fish explains that Eggs’ father had given him to them to protect him from Snatcher. Winnie agrees to help Eggs tell Portley-Rind the truth.

At a ball held to commemorate the purchase of a giant cheese wheel called the Briehemoth, which was foolishly made using the funds for a children’s hospital, Eggs tries to confront Portley-Rind, but is confronted by Snatcher (disguised as a woman named “Madame Frou-Frou”). Whilst trying to avoid Snatcher, Eggs inadvertently knocks the cheese wheel into a river. Eggs announces himself to the party as the Trubshaw Baby, but no one believes him, including Portley-Rind, who is too upset about losing the cheese wheel.

Eggs tries to persuade the remaining Boxtrolls to flee for their own safety, but unknowingly demoralises them. Snatcher digs into the caves and captures them all. Eggs awakens to find his father Herbert Trubshaw a prisoner beside him. He sees the Boxtrolls stacked in a crusher and begs them to leave their boxes and run, but they are seemingly killed by the crusher.

Snatcher drives his machine to Lord Portley-Rind’s house, shows him the flattened boxes as proof of the Boxtrolls’ extinction, and demands Portley-Rind’s white hat in exchange for killing the last Boxtroll, which is actually Eggs disguised. The Boxtrolls, who have escaped from the crusher, free Eggs while Herbert reveals himself, causing Portley-Rind and the citizens to realize that Snatcher lied to them. With his plot exposed, Snatcher tries to take Portley-Rind’s hat by force, but two of Snatcher’s henchmen Mr. Trout and Mr. Pickles redeemed themselves by helping the Boxtrolls disable the machine, which falls on Snatcher’s right-hand man Mr. Gristle, crushing him to death. Eggs and Snatcher are thrown clear and land on the recovered Briehemoth, which triggers Snatcher’s cheese allergy and causes him to swell to a grotesque size. He seizes Winnie and forces Lord Portley-Rind to give up his hat in exchange for her safety, but after tasting an aged cheese sample, his cheese allergy finally sets off and he explodes into pieces, killing him. 

With Snatcher’s plot foiled, the townspeople and Boxtrolls agreed to form a peaceful coexistence with each other, Winnie tells the tale of Snatcher’s end to a crowd while Fish, Eggs and Herbert drive off in one of Herbert’s contraptions.

Box Trolls Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I wasn’t interested at first in watching this movie but glad we did. It is on the darker side for kids but cute and enjoyable.

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