Review: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

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Marcel swings onto the big screen like a breath of fresh air, a little shell with a huge heart and an abundance of adorableness that permeates each and every minute of the warn hug that is Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

When a documentary filmmaker (Dean Fleischer-Camp) discovers Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate) in his Airbnb, the videos that he posts about the small guy and his grandmother Connie (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) launches a journey to find Marcel’s long-lost family. Whether you are familiar with the old YouTube videos of Marcel or not, this is a film that is sure to bring joy in even the darkest of times. The innocent humor and inspirational quips, delivered expertly by Slate, fit naturally in what turns out to be an engaging, uplifting story. Marcel leads you to ponder all aspects of life in a a tender, comforting way that tap into your emotions and bring out the best of them.

Dean Fleischer-Camp’s creation is the little hero that we all need today, presented with stunningly realistic animation in a mockumentary style film. It’s quite amazing how impactful a simple film like this can be, one that proves there is room for originality and soulful storytelling in today’s cinema. This is the feel-good movie of the year.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On hits limited theaters this Friday.

Seen at #PFFSpringfest.

Rating: 5/5

Photo from The Hollywood Reporter

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