Marcel the Shell with Shoes On 2022 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
“Sometimes I find my mind wandering, thinking, “What would my family think?” Do you think they could be out there?” Marcel, an adorable one-inch-tall shell living alone with his grandmother Connie seek to find their long-lost community with the help of a documentary filmmaker. Based on the widely popular YouTube series, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On revives the adorable shell in what is quite possibly the most adorable movie ever. I remember watching the YouTube videos a few times, but it was never something I fell for.
However, this film re-introduced me to the world of Marcel and had me caring for every second of the runtime. For such a simple and silly idea, this film exceeds in sharing a heartfelt story. Everything about it is wholesome. For those who aren’t familiar with the original shorts, the film easily updates those and throws easter eggs around. The script is incredibly funny. There would be times that we’d miss a few sentences into the next thing because the audience was laughing at the last thing. Some of the humor won’t land with everyone because it’s such a strange tone, but all of it worked for me. I thought it was written very well. There are emotionally gripping lines and thought provoking inquiries. It’s one of those movies that makes you reflect on your own life and happiness.
Jenny Slate has never been better. Obviously this is just voice acting as a small shell, but this feels like the role that will define her career. We also have the talents of Isabella Rossellini and writer/director Dean Fleischer-Camp acting. Rossellini’s character is incredibly well written and brings an emotional aspect to the film. I know it’s not voice acting, but there’s one really beautiful moment she has that’s been playing through my head for the past week now. I like that Dean Fleischer-Camp acted in this because it gives it an intimate and unique angle to filmmaking.
One of the most striking elements is the cinematography. I thought it was beautifully shot and does more than you’d think. Also, the score was very unique and I can’t wait for them to release it. There are a few moments strewn about that didn’t quite land. Sometimes it moves a little too fast with some montages in the beginning. Other times, it doesn’t feel like we’ve stayed on the moment long enough. Still, you cannot deny the power these little shells hold on the story. I really loved Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. I can see this becoming a comfort movie for me and an instant crowd hit.