Patch Town, 2014 - ★★★½

Patch Town, 2014 - ★★★½

"Fates a fickle mistress and shes not done with us yet" - The Boss (Alan C. Peterson)

Theres no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going... woah my heads still spinning. 'Patch Towns' a wickedly mischievous Dahl-esque family movie about a strange Eastern European toy factory that creates cabbage patch dolls from molds of real children, When the popular dolls are eventually discarded by their owners, they're rounded up and turned into workers for the factorys soulless production line jobs. Things run like clockwork till a worker learns his true identity and rises up againt the toy maker.

If ever a kids movie from this generation was likely to slip into obscurity then surface in 25 years time to be treasured in the same way 'Peanut Butter Solution' or 'Tommy Tricker' (ironically, also Canadian films that sprang to my mind) are now, then Craig Goodwill's debut 'Patch Town' could well be it. I don't mean that to sound like its perfect because its far from being - the songs are pretty weak, Goodwills far too focused on making the story odd and adding surreal flourishes than getting the audience to warm to its offbeat characters, and the story itself pilfers from everywhere like a magpie possessed... but its still vibrantly more interesting than the live action childrens stuff Hollywoods been churning out recently.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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