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An Active 3D Review: A Monster in Paris 3-D

Rating: **** (out of 5)

It’s Paris in the early 1900s; cars are noisy and the movies are silent. Emile, a timid cinema projectionist is hopelessly in love with the young lady who works in the ticket booth, but he’s too bashful to make his move, as he believes that he’s too plain – and short – to appeal to her. If he only he could be tall, devil-may-care and confident around women – like Raoul, who runs a one-van transport service, delivering, amongst other things, the reels of film that Emile exhibits at his place of work.

Despite his air of ease and finesse, however, Raoul is astonishingly clumsy, and, when his curiosity gets the better of him and he fiddles around in a botanist’s research lab, he inadvertently creates the monster of the film’s title. Further than that I will not reveal, other than to say that the film’s primary villain is a corrupt, scheming Police Commissioner – a concept that’s familiar to South Africans, who’ve had to endure two corrupt Police Commissioners in a row – and could’ve had a third to contend with, had there not been a concerted effort from opposition parties and the press to block his appointment.

Those who know their movie history will spot the references to Universal Studio’s classic horrors of the ’30s, whilst pretty much everyone from teens upwards should spot the parallels with Phantom of the Opera (narrative and otherwise).

It’s a musical, and though its songs may not be as memorable as those of the Disney animated movies of the past seven and a half decades, you’ll probably find yourself exiting the theatre humming the theme tune, as I ‘someone I know’ couldn’t help doing…

Apparently, in most of the countries where it’s already been released, the film has garnered raves from the critics, whilst showing only moderate box office receipts. All of which helps to prove my theory that most people shouldn’t be allowed out in the streets. This is a charming, funny, quirky, imaginative – and exciting – animated adventure that truly deserves a wide audience.

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