Thursday, August 30, 2012
The animated freaks-and-frights zombie comedy “ParaNorman” is made with a fair amount of skill and the dialogue suggests that some smart people had a hand in it. So why isn’t it more fun? Perhaps because the humor is all a bit too smirky and self-satisfied, never quite as funny as it seems to think itself. The filmmakers view Americans mostly in a sneering and contemptuous light, with each of the main characters a slight variation on a hoary stereotype and only Norman of the furrowed brow, and his fat friend Neil, to care about. “ParaNorman” has a few chuckles, but rarely zings.