Great Film overall
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
The biggest problem with this movie is it’s a little better than you think it might be, which somehow makes it worse. As in, it takes itself a bit too seriously, which makes most of the movie feel kind of dull.
######Spoiler Alert for everyone, especially children.DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!The movie is a bit dark but the bully gets it. Sort of a good story about adoption. Boy falls in love after severe warnings not to do so.The ruining factor is that #####Spoiler alert######the star boy, after getting his true love, commits suicide. Yes, life is great so now I will kill myself. What kind of losers make a movie for anyone, especially teens, that glorifies suicide. That is violence and should make this rated R. There is NOTHING GOOD or entertaining about suicide. Ruined the whole movie and evening.
//SPOILERS//Starting off I thought maybe I'd enjoy it. Seeing the prego lady I was instantly concerned. Her baby came out as a fully grown toddler, someone send her prayers???? THEN she goes "YEET" and leaves her baby with some old lady who needs a hairstylist, and collects tears on the DL. She also takes out his heart and replaces it with a clock but idk if that is important. Then this kid goes out and falls in love with this Spanish chick cause they sang together for .000005 seconds (send her prayers too cause like random thorns kinda pop up all over her ????). THEN Edward Cullen shows up and he spittin fire like DRAKE. AND THEN Jack the FREAKING RIPPER shows up on a train. I was like HOLD UP, can we just PAUSE for a second. THIS KID j CHILLING on that train, and JACK the RIPPER starts singin him a song. I think this kiddo was a little suicidal cause he killed himself???? idk. He climbed snowflakes.////SPOILER OVER////If you wanna see a movie that gives you whiplash worse than a whip givin you a lash, then be my guest.
I found myself skipping through the film as I do not like the Laika- like style and animation for the beginning. So, at some points it is sub-par but others, I just hate it. The story is also not quite as interesting, it's pretty sentimental as it's about a boy with a cuckoo- clock on his heart that tells him the three rules: "Not to fall in love, not to get angry, and not to touch the hands of the clock" or he will die. Madeleine protects him from it.He then meets a little girl while wandering off that is the same age as him, singing while winding up a music box. He then starts to fall in love with her. While, I admit, this does has cute romance, I didn't care for the Boxtrolls style and animation for it.
The idea overall is very promising: a boy with a clock as the heart must find a way to control his feelings for a girl or his heart might stop. However, the execution is embarrassingly bad.After the first 10 minutes, which were decent, the movie starts rushing and skipping over details for no reason. First, the boy meets the girl of his dream, with whom he falls in love within seconds. Then the girl disappears, so he decides to attend her school, in which he meets a bunch of bullies, and BAM, years are skipped and he turns into a teenager. By this point, the girl and the boy still haven't had any significant on screen interactions except that one initial meeting, yet she still gives him a gift box for some reason, and somehow that gift turns up in the hands of his bully, and fighting ensues. Just like that, the movie keeps going in a very confusing and messy fashion. Many characters appear without warning only to disappear within minutes, and their emotions and motivations are rarely explored. Moreover, the relationship between the two main characters is so unconvincing that even Disney's films from 1960s can do better.Nevertheless, the animation is pretty good. Some parts actually look great, both in technology and style, especially the musical sequences. Still, I really don't like the character style used here as it makes the characters quite creepy and emotionless.I also find the music pretty boring, but that might be a consequence of the English dubbing, which is terrible by the way.In conclusion, if you're a die-hard animation fan, you might want to check 'Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart' for the visuals. Other than that, I'm afraid this movie has nothing else to offer.