I am currently watching ParaNorman because it is part of the 13 days of Halloween. I watched this in theaters when it first came out thinking it looked like a cute kids movie. Boy, was I wrong. This review has some spoilers.
Not saying that the movie was bad. In fact, I’m saying the opposite. ParaNorman reminded me off all the kids that are misunderstood. The movie placed an emphasis on the fact that some people are treat very differently from others and they don’t always know how to take it.
For example, Noman is this kid that can see ghosts. He lives in a house where he has no support from his father (his father wishes he was normal) and a mother that doesn’t know how to talk to either of them about it, and a teenage sister who obviously has other stuff on her mind than her little brothers mental health. Norman has no friends because he is labelled the “weird” kid and he seems to not handle it very well. However, his friend Neil, is this other misunderstood kid who is called names for being overweight. He also lives in a weird family. His older brother is obsessed with working out and is gay. But with Neil, he is able to remain somewhat happy and doesn’t let bullies get the best of him.
Norman is supposed to take on the burden of trying to keep a “witch” from going nuts and rising from the dead and killing everyone for killing her first. That’s a pretty big responsibility for a kid. Norman gets some pretty unclear and vague instructions on what to do for this witch and all hell breaks loose.
Well sort of. There are only a few zombies are running around the town causing havoc. The zombies happen to be the people who tried the witch for being a witch. They end up going into the town and being more afraid of people than the people are of the zombies.
Eventually, Norman finds out that the witch that they had tried had been a scared little girl with a special gift that she didn’t know how to control. The towns people that tried the little girl were sorry and were trying to tell her that because they were never able to be fully put to rest.
Norman ends up finding the witch and telling her that she has become this monster that everyone made her out to be because she was mad at everyone and wanted them to pay. The girl calms down and we see this girl that has been sad and lonely for a very long time. Her soul finally at peace, Norman is finally starting to be accepted by his whole family and things look like they may end up being better.
However, this movie also had touches of depression that I wanted to talk about. Things always seem impossible in life. Things don’t always turn out how you want them to and sometimes it feels like the whole world is against you. I urge you to not give up hope. Although things may seem bad now, there is always someone who cares about you and wants to help you. You may not even know that there is someone who cares about you. So I urge you to reach out to others and to talk about your problems. There are help lines you can call and people on social media who are always willing to talk and want to help those in need. I am always willing to listen and help people with their problems. Don’t give up hope, nothing is ever fully lost.