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.
Wastes its premise while offering little more than a sparkling Henson performance to distract us from the underwritten screenplay.