The honesty with which Jewison and his cast address issues of race and bigotry gives the movie more power than the underlying crime story would suggest.
The sense of optimism never fades and we’re left with images that are more about the enduring power of love than the oppressive force of injustice.
Despite a committed performance from Mackenzie Davis, the film corkscrews into a death spiral of trite dialogue meant to obfuscate the lack of a meaningful narrative.
Gives us a chance to reconnect with characters we fell for in 2004 and discover that, although we may have aged, our affinity for them remains constant.
If there’s something less subtle than a sledgehammer, it applies here.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes, Profanity)
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Kunichi Nomura, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Koyu Rankin, Frances McDormand
This concept, although suitable for a short, is too thin for a full animated feature and wears out its welcome long before the end credits arrive.
The vivid cinematography, affecting performance by Wolfe, and lack of saccharine allow the film to resonate.
A regurgitated product, familiar bits and pieces of teen-friendly “scary” stuff that mimics horror in disappointingly superficial ways.
Shows how the most devastating damage caused by terrorists sometimes isn’t to those who die; it’s to those who remain alive.
Although the surface tone is breezy and cheeky, there’s a lot going on beneath the facade.