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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Movie Review (2022)

The adorable little guy, voiced by Slate, is now making his way to the big screen in a live action, stop-motion feature film. Marcel creates a colorful life with his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and their pet fluff, Alan. Once part of an eccentric society of shells, they now live alone as the only survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker (played by Fleischer Camp) discovers them, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope of finding his long-lost family.

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” is about so much more than an internet sensation that has gone viral. It puts a sharp spotlight on the pros and cons of sharing your life online, while representing relatives who have lost loved ones unexpectedly and wondering how life will continue to flourish without them. Slate and camp get even deeper when they treat the way and length a child will go to protect themselves when they do not feel safe in their own home.

The crystal clear precision of the stop-motion animation in “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” blends seamlessly with the live-action material and is fascinating to watch. But my favorite part was watching the “60 Minutes” host Lesley Stahl infiltrate the crucial interview that reunites Marcel with his community and the joy around Connie and Marcel in the process. It really speaks to the heart of the child in even the most cynical adults.

Marcel’s physical aesthetic of having one eye, one shell for one body and an infinite persistence is at once contagious and admirable. Yet the poetic justice and permission to include Philip Larkin’s poem The trees drives the dramatic feature of this story and sums it up in one fell swoop:

The signs of novelty are also sewn into what has died away. Everything changes all the time. I love being alive, especially in the late spring when the flowers return again. But you can not enjoy the daffodil without honoring what is dead so that it can grow again. If you really want to grow, you need to be able to know and allow for what change really looks and feels like.

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” will make your spirit soar and remind you to enjoy those you love, breathe some fresh air and respect the earth every second, as if it were your very first time. It is a reminder to embrace all stages of grief and see our dark chapters as changes that somehow make us better on the other side.

Available in select theaters on June 24, with a nationwide expansion to follow.

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