"Juvenile" is too sophisticated a word to describe this dumber-than-dumb, unfunnier-than-unfunny comedy.
Many aspects of the production are dated, but the movie has become embedded into the childhood experiences of many Generation X’ers.
Not a lot happens during the course of "The Witches" and that’s part of the problem.
Not enough to expand the movie’s appeal beyond the narrow demographic of fans representing its target audience.
Although the screenplay occasionally falters, Affleck’s performance is rock-solid throughout and that makes "The Way Back" a journey worth taking.
Although it suffers from an ungainly structure and uneven pacing, the production as a whole is engaging and uplifting.
An affecting and endearing collaboration between Miyazaki and Kondo, it weds a coming-of-age story with a flight of fancy to good effect.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Director: Dylan Brown, David Feiss, Clare Kilner, Robert Iscove
Cast: Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Matthew Broderick
Eschews the simplistic animated story arc as it explores the power of imagination and innovation to overcome grief.
An intriguing blend of globetrotting neo-noir and road trip plot elements, it often seems on the cusp of greatness without ever getting there.