Sunday, 23 November 2014

Review : Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas : In the town that we call Halloween, the greatest nightmare is about to happen upon the time of Christmas. Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

 So I would like to ask a question here, 'Do you consider The Nightmare Before Christmas' to be a annual Christmas film? Because for a long time in my house hold, It was highly decided that 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' wasn't an annual Christmas film, that we look very highly of like Fred Claus for instance.

It's gothic, dark design and stick like characters just reminded me of the grimm german fairy tales, which in turn replicated accurate imagery of the Town of Halloween very well. Your main character 'Jack Skellington' is very slick and he is a character that the audience gain a connection with as he guides you through the story.

The story is of one Jack Skellington 'The Pumpkin King', who is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween, day in and day out. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is fascinated because he doesn't quite get the concept, having seen it before his very eyes.

Jackis so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween, but alas, they can't get it quite right.

It's a wonderful interchange of Halloween meets Christmas, in a sort of Grimm German Fairy Tale sort of way. Viewers watching, need to know that is a offbeat, stop motion-animated flim is one of the great family films for all ages. That said of course, it does have sinister Halloween creatures in it, characters take off their own heads and remove their limbs, and there are skeletons, nasty toys, and a really creepy villain named 'Oogie Boogie'.

Some of the younger viewers, under the age of 7 years old, who aren't old enough to distinguish this as fantasy from the goings on at Halloween, might be a bit freaked out. However, if there are any concerned parents reading this, you can always pause the film and talk about what's scaring them. The enhanced visuals may add magical mysteriousness and  spookiness and could further blur the line between fantasy and reality for some younger viewers. 6/10

NEXT REVIEW: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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